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Are You Interested In Finding Out Whether You Have Dementia?

Are You Interested In Finding Out Whether You Have Dementia?

The following is a posting from Harvard Health Publishing about a blood test that might show whether you have dementia.

Blood test might reveal dementia

Research we're watching
Published: June, 2020
Could a single blood test one day enable doctors to diagnose Alzheimer's disease? Researchers writing in the March 2 issue of Nature Medicine say they've made advances in this area. The blood test they developed measures the concentration of pTau181 — a form of the tau protein associated with brain… read more

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My mother in law is in a care home where there are lots of people with dementia You can be an aggressive or placid person with dementia They did have trouble with a man with dementia wandering off & get into the wrong bed ! My aunt was in a home ,she was v passive Ironically she outlived everyone else No life though ,just an existence

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

The disclaimer in this article says it all. Because researchers do not have the right to make diagnoses on people they have not seen. But do I want to know if I have dementia? Not now. My memory is excellent. Just like a woman's And the average woman has a looooooooong memory. Right ladies? So I'll skip the testing for now.😀

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I think that they take it differently depending upon what kind of personality they have, I watch them in the nursing home where I was cleaning in the alzheimers unit and they were so different from each other. So were so sweet, while others would cry all day. Some people who had to go out to appointments were not good at it, while others hated to be left behind by by family

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Well big diff between dementia and Mr Allsheimer. Dementia is not quite so bad they both lead to the same final ending but with Al you can get violent. My mom had dementia and she eventually did not know who I was except I was a decent Joe who visited her. She was happy with her lot so her life was ok. People I knew asked me why I visited her so much if she did not know who I was and I would respond "Because I know who she is." My aunt had a co-worker whose wife got Al and she would chase him with an axe so he had to put her in an institution and that was hard for him.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I am so sorry. A year before being placed. It is good that there is a place for these people. But when placed one has a limited say in matters those who can't speak for themselves can be easily set up to be abused or neglected. But then where I live French is the national language. And English could wind up getting inferior care to French in such places.if certain staff members are anti English.

posted about 2 years ago
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