Can dementia occur in younger men, say 44-45 years of age? At least to some degree? I've suffered two CVA's and my family would agree that I display a fair number of the symptoms listed under Dementia. (Alzheimer's also runs in my family - on my mother's side, for whatever that is worth),
Hi there. Dementia is a loss of brain function in certain diseases affecting memory, thinking, judgment and behavior. There are certain predisposing conditions leading to dementia like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and brain infections lyme disease. Some reversible causes are brain tumors, changes in blood sugar, sodium and calcium, chronic alcohol abuse, low vitamin B12 levels, etc. Symptoms of dementia include difficulty in language, memory, emotional behavior etc. mild cognitive impairment is the stage between normal forgetfulness due to aging and development. There are certain tests like B12 level, blood ammonia levels, blood gas analysis, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, etc. treating conditions like anemia, depression, nutritional disorders, and thyroid disorders. Medications include antipsychotics, mood stabilizers; stimulants etc. consult your neurologist for more details. Take care.
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