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    Default Re: "Temporary" Dementia - is this possible??

    It's fundamental - people are living too long. If you take a look, there's far more dementia today than 50 years ago. However, the average age then was around 70. Today, pretty much every family has someone well over 80 in it.

    My immediate family has 3, well onto their nineties. Two are "in the mielies" and one not - and they're sisters.

    75 years is my target - then a cliff should beckon.
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    @ Gavin..........If I had the choice Gavin, just NOT the Big C illness.

    Its a cruel illness, to victim and those around him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    @ Gavin..........If I had the choice Gavin, just NOT the Big C illness.

    Its a cruel illness, to victim and those around him.
    Start collecting your "long sleep tablets" early Petri and make sure that someone that you trust will remind you to drink them.
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    What is this thread about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    What is this thread about.
    Just read my questions, Fluffy, you should get a good idea.

    Thats the sentences with the (??) at the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christob View Post
    I have also seen that something like dehydration can knock the elderly quite badly - once they had a drip and has been re hydrated it seems like a miracle
    True that...
    My mom was bedridden, and sometimes would reduce her water intake to avoid the issue of getting the water out again. Which would lead to infections and her becoming delirious.
    Once we were onto the issue, we and her carers ensured she would get some minimum amount of water in during the day. Problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanK View Post
    Petri yes, old people can develop what you have called 'temporary dementia'.
    Its called delirium, and by definition is reversible.
    ANy insult can cause it: an intercurrent infection, a new drug, a pyschological trauma, even a change of environment.
    It is very very common, in those whose brains are aging and lacking compensatory abilities and adaptability.
    FOr example, old people who are apprently perfectly normal at home, will be admitted to hospital, and their families will be schocked to discover when they come to visit that they are completely disorientated, even aggressive, paranoid etc.

    I have been labelled the antichrist by sweet old ladies who a week later with no recollection of what happened are mortified and deeply embarrassed.....
    Wonderful that she recovered fully!
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    I don't think I could have said it any better myself, get that man a drink. All I can add is the vascular dementia which can be temporary in it severity but like a clogged heart artery unlikely to revert to 100%functioning in between episodes.
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    In medicine and science if the word 'dementia' is used, then, by definition, it is referring to a chronic degenerative and irreversible process as far as the neurological changes are concerned...
    In other words dementia can never be 'temporary...'

    A couple of people have mentioned the term 'delirium.'
    Delirium and dementia as terms are NOT interchangeable.
    Delirium can occur in any patient, at any age, with any illness severe enough to compromise brain function but does not directly involve the substance of the central nervous system.
    By definition, delirium is a temporary condition that resolves once the inciting problem is dealt with.
    A common cause of delirium would be a serious infection at a site distant from the brain.
    By definition a primary psychiatric condition that can cause symptoms similar to delirium cannot be delirium because the primary pathology affects the central nervous system.

    So, what the OP is describing is not dementia (because it cannot be reversible) but it may represent delirium (caused by any number of possibilities) or a psychiatric condition (again a lot of possibilities)...
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    Thanks a MILL Tony and others.

    That answers my question, and at this stage good news to me - Temporary Dementia is not possible.
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    Petri, from personal experience I can say that what Ian and Tony said are absolutely spot-on.

    At the end of Oct last year my mom passed away at the age of 86 - a dementia sufferer. It is a progressive disease and NOT reversible. If one is attentive and patient, there are moments of clarity, but as the disease progresses they become fewer, shorter and further apart. The curtain always descends again. I learnt to cherish those brief moments "when I had mom back"
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