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Do You Have Early-Stage Dementia?

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Make sure your doctor is aware of your stress level as a caregiver, since stress could behind your feeling that you may be “losing it.” Other possible causes:

–New medications. These can cause havoc in your mind as well as your body.

–Medication interactions. Even if you have taken the same medications for years, your body changes over time. Ask your doctor to check your medications for possible interactions, and that includes over-the-counter medications, as well as vitamins and herbs.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

–Emotional and physical stress. The stress could be from caregiving or something else that is bothering you.

–Infections. You may not be aware that you have developed a new infection that is distracting you. For instance, urinary tract infections are infamous for going “underground,” and then causing confusion, anxiety and even dementia-like symptoms.

–Sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can cause a host of problems, and many caregivers – especially those who have elders with Alzheimer’s – find that they get no more than an hour or two of uninterrupted sleep at a time. Nights are fitful, and the deep sleep needed for dreaming and for memory function isn’t happening. If you go too long with this cycle, you could quite possibly have some scary symptoms. If this is the case, it’s likely time to get some help with your caregiving.

Read more:
When a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Recognize You
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
How To Tell Family That Mom or Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease

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8:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

thank you

11:56AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I think those of us with a parent with this are more afraid of getting it too. I know I am.

2:33AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:05PM PST on Dec 25, 2011


5:32AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

@Fiona - Early stage dementia, which my mother had, is a very devastating disease and not something to be joked about. If you suspect your husband has it, I suggest you get him to a doctor for evaluation ASAP. Of course, many other things can cause the symptoms you describe, such as: Bi-polar, depression, drug use, other things on his mind, etc. I certainly would not trust him to pick up the children until you find out the source of the problem. PS: Early grey hair is hereditary, my mother starting greying at a young age and so have all of us (the children).

9:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Dementia can be frightening. My older sister has had Dementia for about 7 years. She doesn't remembers things or people, she gets confused easily, but she still retains her personality. She is still my sister. Dementia sufferers need love and they need attention.

3:24PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Good information, thank you!

10:47PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Thank you - maybe i'm not loosing the plot!

7:42AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Thank you - good information.

11:34PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

As the article points out, dementia can come from stress or medications. But I think, by far, the worst cause of early dementia is pollution - in our water, food, from microwaves by cooking in plastics, the air and a host of many other things we're subjected to every day. But it's been a rumor for quite a while that there may be cases of "mad cow" which is being kept silent, because the hunters, the ranchers, and the CDC/WHO and other agencies do not want us to stop eating meat - the bottom line is always the profit.

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