Patient discussion about dementia

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Q. how is dementia and alcoholism related

AAlcohol can cause dementia through nutritional deficiencies (e.g. B1, or thiamine deficiency, causing Wernicke encephalopathy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernicke's_encephalopathy) and probably also through direct effect on the brain. It can also cause a rare neurological disorder called Marchiafava-Bignami disease that results from damage to the brain tissue in certain areas.

Further more alcohol may cause hepatic damage that can cause alteration in consciousness and dementia.

You can read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-term_effects_of_alcohol#Nervous_system

Q. Is obesity a risk factor for Dementia?

A1The answer is YES. In fact, many of the risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, blood glucose levels, insulin resistance, and overweight, are also risk factors for dementia, in addition to genetic predisposition for the disease.
A2Obesity is when excess body fat accumulates in one to where this overgrowth makes the person unhealthy to varying degrees. Obesity is different than being overweight, as it is of a more serious concern. As measured by one’s body mass index (BMI), one’s BMI of 25 to 30 kg/m is considered overweight. If their BMI is 30 to 35 kg/m, they are class I obese, 35 to 40 BMI would be class II obese, and any BMI above 40 is class III obesity. Presently, with obesity affecting children progressively more, the issue of obesity has become a serious public health concern.
Approximately half of all children under the age of 12 are either obese are overweight. About twenty percent of children ages 2 to 5 years old are either obese are overweight. Worldwide, nearly one and a half billion people are either obese or overweight. In the United States, about one third of adults are either obese or overweight. It is now predicted that, for the first time in about 150 years, our life expectancy is supp
A3i say yes too- the reason i think is because obesity can cause micro thromboses to move around and damage oxygen to small parts of the brain. that can (in the long term) cause dementia.

Q. discussing my father situation with the doctor

My 82 years old dad has dementia, and currently lives with us at my home. For the last few weeks he's very nervous and sometimes yells and screams at us. I want to take him to the doctor and see if he can get any help, but I'm afraid that if I'll try to speak with doctor about this subject in front of my dad he'll take offense. What can I do? Thank you very much!
A1The answer above is a good suggestion. I would add to the letter a small warning about the way your father would react to a discussion of his behaviour so the doctor would know to discuss it carefully.
A2I would pass the doctor a note which explains the situation, or talk to hi, on the phone beforehand. Maybe you should also add a small warning about the way your father would react to a discussion of his behaviour so the doctor would know to discuss it carefully.

Q. Is surfing the internet good for your brain?

I am 72 and I just discovered computers and the internet at our library. I find myself fascinated by it and I spend hours in front of the computer. Is surfing the internet good for your brain?
AThis is a very current question that people ask and the answer is YES it is. A recent study showed that adults who surf the internet regularly engage larger parts of their brain when doing so compared to adults who rarely surf.

Q. Can you tell me more about Brain games?

There are many new brain games now advertised by Nintendo and others. Are they doing anything to delay Alzheimer’s
A1Interesting comment. I'll check the link.
A2Some research have proven that those kind of brain games can help stimulating the areas in our brain, and then help us in improving our brain function, which can be implemented in every single aspect of our daily life.

Here is a link to brain age :
http://www.brainage.com/launch/training.jsp
A3This is a question that is often asked by individuals that are tuned in to innovations. Indeed, many of the software programs marketed today are designed to exercise a broad range of thinking and information processing brain skills. They provide an opportunity to activate different areas of the brain that people typically do not use in their routine daily life. It is important to seek out opportunities for mental challenge and stimulation. When looking for such a program, look for a program exercising a broad set of skills and check that the company has a strong scientific advisory board behind it. Also, try the exercises to see that you are having fun while exercising. Otherwise, you are unlikely to continue to do them. I liked My Vigorous Mind because it was very easy to use, they have many activities and it is fun. Lumosity is another fun program and MindFit is interesting as it tailors a training program for each user.

Q. I want to improve my memory. I do a Sudoku every day and crossword puzzles. Do I need to do anything else?

A1I myself do believe that brain games (like sudoku, brain age, etc.) will help all of us to improve our brain function, and later in the future will help to DELAY the degenerative process of our brain.

Here I paste a link related to this topic :
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/opinion/08aamodt.html?_r=1

That is, practice can certainly make people better at sudoku puzzles or help them remember lists more accurately. The improvement can even last for years. Similarly, people tend to retain skills and knowledge they learned thoroughly when they were younger. Unless the activities span a broad spectrum of abilities, though, there seems to be no benefit to general mental fitness.

For people whose work is unstimulating, having mentally challenging hobbies, like learning a new language or playing bridge, can help maintain cognitive performance. But the belief that any single brain exercise program late in life can act as a quick fix for general mental function is almost entirely f
A2I often encounter this question, and I wanted to share it with you. These are very good activities that stimulate the brain. You want to engage in additional mental activities that require other types of thinking in order to engage more of your mental capacity. Most importantly, maintaining brain health also depends on other components of healthy life style, such as being physically active, keeping a healthy diet, and reducing stress levels.
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