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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological condition having brain shrinkage and death of brain cells by themselves. It affects memory and other mental functions. It is caused due to abnormal accumulation of proteins in and around brain cells. The common symptoms are memory loss and confusion. The other early signs are forgetfulness, withdrawal from social activities, and changes in behavior. It is managed by taking medications management strategies to have improvement.

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Can Alzheimer's make me forget things?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old, and I have experienced forgetfulness ever since I was in elementary. I usually ace my tests because I have a very short term memory, so cramming often makes do. But, I often tend to forget things when my body takes the so-called auto-pilot mode. During these times,...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms are not related to dementia or Alzheimer. At your age, considering the description of your complaints, I would think about aconcentration disorder (attention disorder). This could be related to attention d...  Read Full »

My dad has age-related diffuse cerebral atrophy. Will he forget everything, even me?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently, a doctor said to my father that he has got age-related diffuse cerebral atrophy and it will affect the memory. Please explain what it is. Will he forget everything, even me? His age is 59. I am very frightened.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your concern, I would explain that your father's symptoms and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)findings are indicative of dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This is a progressive disorder with progressive memory problems. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but th...  Read Full »

My 75-year-old mother forgets things and makes sounds at night while sleeping. Kindly advise.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother, who is about 75 years old, is showing signs of memory loss. Our parental place is now uninhabited. My mother resides with my younger brother. She forgets the door, kitchen, bathroom, and other things. But she remembers old things. Secondly, she makes sounds during the night ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your mother probably has Alzheimer's dementia, a type of neurodegenerative disease affecting old age person. In this, the person loses his recent memory; however, long-term or old memory is spared initially, but eventually, that too is lost slowly. To confirm the dia...  Read Full »

What causes an increase in hallucinations in older adults?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother is 80 years old. Her hallucination has got increased with time in these past few years. I took her to the doctor. She examined her and told me that she is perfectly healthy in all bodily aspects. She had a mild kidney infection two times and treated it. Her hallucination s...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Dementia with hallucinations occurs commonly in old age people. Intermittent episodes of delirium increase the future risk of having dementia. Commonly infections, electrolyte imbalance, hormonal imbalance, and drugs or recent surgery causes delirium. Dementia can also ...  Read Full »

My wife got diagnosed with stage 4 Alzheimer's, and I am finding it hard to handle her. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is diagnosed with Alzheimers' stage 4, and it is tough to manage her. We are unable to take care of her. She even forgets me at times. She is 65-years-old and got diagnosed just a few months back. She walks into other houses. I frequently have to get in fights with my neighbors. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Mrinal Kumar Acharya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. 1. Try to keep a routine for bathing, dressing, and eating. 2. Help your wife write down to-do lists, appointments, and events in a notebook or calendar. 3. Plan activities that your wife enjoys and try to do them at the same time ever...  Read Full »

What causes hands and the skin above the eyes to swell in a geriatric patient?

Query: Hi doctor, My 94-year-old mother's hand is swollen, along with the skin above her eye. Her cheeks are reddish, but she has no pain. What is the cause and treatment of these symptoms?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is she diabetic or hypertensive? Does she have any thyroid or liver or renal issues? Any drug history or drug allergies? Does she have a history of Atopy or allergies? Any history of injury or cardiovascular disease? Any surgical history? Please answer the questions fo...  Read Full »

Does rapidly declining memory mean Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is experiencing rapidly declining memory and cognitive function. He was taken to the hospital a year back due to confusion and memory loss and was treated for diabetic ketoacidosis and had a quadruple bypass performed. They also did various scans and magnetic resonance imagin...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your father's symptoms are indicative of dementia. I would like to review his brain MRI report, to give a more professional opinion if it is Alzheimer disease or vascular dementia. As he is diabetic, vascular dementia cannot be excluded. Anyway, you should know that v...  Read Full »

Does Alzheimer's disease cause sudden jerking of hands and legs?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother aged 85 years is taking drugs for Alzheimer's for over six months. She suffered sudden jerks of hands and legs. She was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and is now shifted to a room. She was treated with antibiotics and given sedation drugs. Will the jerks come back?...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. Although it is not clear whether she suffered myoclonic jerks or seizure episodes (jerks along with a loss of consciousness, frothing at the mouth, unrolling of eyes) as both of them can present in late Alzheimer's disea...  Read Full »

My grandmother is an 83-year-old Alzheimer's patient. Is cataract surgery compulsory for her?

Query: Hi doctor,My grandmother has a low vision in the right eye for the last one month, and I think it is a cataract. Is it compulsory to do a cataract operation at the age of 83 for an Alzheimer's patient? She takes medicine for blood pressure, thyroid, and Alzheimer's. Please guide.  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A cataract operation is necessary even if the patient is 83-year-old because if you do not remove a cataract, it can increase eye pressure and total vision loss. She can also get operated on with Alzheimer's disease under general anesthesia. I guess she cannot tolera...  Read Full »

Can Alzheimer's be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, My dad is 82 and has a loss in his memory. Our doctor reported him as an Alzheimer patient (G1). Is that curable?   Read Full »

Dr. Ambekar Sudheer

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease as yet. All one can do is to take adequate precautions to prevent worsening of quality of life due to the memory loss and disorientation.   Read Full »

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