Dementia ?

@lynnchua (3416)
Singapore
June 23, 2008 9:30pm CST
Anyone have any idea what casue it? or who are the people at risk? signs to look out for? My mother is getting old and tends to forget things easily, and I was wondering whether is it normal or is she having a dementia.
6 responses
• Philippines
6 Jul 08
As we age and our body is not as energetic as when we're young, the brain cells die more than are replenished, brain cells die because it lacks blood oxygen. In the early generation, people eat natural food and mushroom was considered best in the restoration of blood oxygen. If its okey with your mom about mushroom, why not try adding it to her meals?
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
8 Jul 08
Thanx for that I didn't know that and I will add it to her meals. Thanx a lot for the help.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Dementia is way more complex than forgetting things. Simple forgettness could be just part of the aging process. Also it could be something total different like her hearing may be failing. But my advise would be to have a complete physical done to make sure. If she truly has Dementia it will get progressively get worse.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
6 Jul 08
Thanx for the help I will bring her for a check up. Sorry for the late reply.
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Dementia is a form of Alzheimer's. It is normal to get a little forgetful as you get older. There are certain things to look for to tell if it is normal forgetfulness that comes with age, or if it is something more serious. If you forget to pick up milk on the way home, that is normal forgetfulness. If you forget how to get to the store you've been going to for years, that is more serious. If you forget where you put your glasses, that is normal. If you forget that you even need glasses, that is more serious. If you forget to take your medicine, that is normal. If you forget that you need it or why you need it, that is more serious. If you forget what day of the week it is, that is normal. If you forget what year it is, as in thinking it's 1952, that is more serious. Take notice of the types of things your mom is forgetting. If it is simple forgetfulness, help her to remember things by making lists or putting up notes for reminders, giving her a phone call, those types of things. If you think it is more serious or are unsure, talk with her about it and discuss going with her to her doctor to discuss it. If it is something serious like dementia, the earlier you recognize it the easier it will be to help her.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
6 Jul 08
Thanx for the info its really informative and sorry for the late reply.
@balasri (26553)
• India
26 Jun 08
Dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia. People with dementia have serious problems with two or more brain functions, such as memory and language.
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
26 Jun 08
I hope she doesn't have dementia. Her memory is bad and sometime she seens like blur. You asked her a question like maybe are your hungry? She will answer things like Oh you want something to eat.
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Forgetting things can come with age and happens especially on tasks which one does not preform on a regular basis. She might want to try a vitamin made for women in her age group to help with that. If you are concerned that she may be suffering from something more serious such as Dementia, check out www.dementia.com for information on that illness. Best of luck!
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
26 Jun 08
Thanx for the site. I really hope that its just a normal part of aging.
@ez1982 (97)
11 Jul 08
My nan is suffering from Dementia and it's not nice to witness, and is especially scary for her as her older sister has bad Alzheimers and doesn't always recognise family when they visit. I'm afriad I don't know enough about it to advise you but your mother will need to be tested to confirm if she has dementia. I hope the responses you have received from everyone can help a little and best wishes to you and your mother.