Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia
My mother knew she was getting very forgetful and finally went to see her Doctor after being unable to remember her address in the bank.
Your Doctor will most often give a mini mental examination
Most often the person accompanying you will also be asked questions. My dad is 86 now and still has a wonderful memory: he was with mum at the time this doctors appointment occurred. You will be asked relevant questions as to why you feel you have memory loss signs and what they are. Test Alzheimers Disease
The mayo clinic provides a really good in depth answer here In fact I suggest you take with you to your doctor, a written list of signs and symptoms.
Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia
Unfortunately! Not if it was my mothers doctor (but please do not let this deter you) who at that time in the year of 2001 referred mum to a Gerontologist.
What Do Gerontologists Do a Gerontologist treats conditions in the elderly related to the ageing process. And all its associated medical conditions.
Not many people have heard of the name Gerontologist which was first used in 1908
Mom was referred for a CT Scan of her brain. This scan will detect areas in the brain that have reduced or shrunk . It will also show evidence of mini strokes or bleeds to the brain and rule out Brain Tumors.
Returning to this Gerontologist for results mum was told she did not have Dementia and his main reason for ruling out Alzheimers Dementia “NOW Wait For it” was because he said my mum had been able to “ask if she had Alzheimers”!!
I remember mum phoning me so happy she did not have Dementia, I remember being very surprised well shocked really.
Dementia Brain scan Video
So how did we find out my mother had early signs Alzheimers Dementia after a Spinal Decompression Operation
Mums Spinal Decompression Operation
My mum needed and wanted a Spinal Decompression Operation I feared it and tried to talk her out of it. At this time I was working in Aged Care and had seen the results of increasing dementia symptoms in patients after operations.
I pleaded with my dad to try and stop this operation but of course because mum had been told that she did not have Dementia. Mum saw no reason to be worried. The operation went ahead and My worst fear was realised
Anesthetic And Dementia
I must stress here Anesthesia will not give you Dementia
However recent experiments by Scientists are proving that there is a link between anaesthesia and those who already have Dementia “quote ScientificAmerican.com Roni Jacobson October 23rd 2014 Can General Anaesthesia Trigger Dementia”
Mothers Memory Loss after Anesthesia
One day after my mothers operation and anesthesia confusion reigned. Mom was getting out of bed, wandering and not knowing where she was. In addition she would become very irritated and angry and was hitting out at the nurses.
The hospitals answer! to tie my mum into a chair obviously no dementia training there, my mum went ballistic,angry,shouting.
A phone call “please come and calm your wife”, it was late evening. What has caused this ? We were told “your wife has Dementia” we were shocked, furious.
We took the car and removed mum from the hospital the next morning. Took her home to receive some loving care. I made several phone calls to appropriate agencies. We acquired home medical supplies equipment and help for moms personal care. These for the shower, bed rails for safety and easy gripping to rise from and get out of bed.
I am sure and hope that this will never happen to anybody else,please seek a good doctor,if you have to, get a second opinion. Keep notes on questions to ask and DO contact the Alzheimers Association in your country or state
Recommended Books Dementia.
While the books below are older they have been very useful resources on Alzheimers Dementia for sufferers and carers. Even if you can buy second hand. There are many new books on this subject to pick from too
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory LossThe Insider’s Guide to Dementia Care: What You Should Know About Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia Care