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can someone who is 90 yrs. old, drank quite heavily until age 60 and has a mild heart attack wind up with severe dementia a week later? She did show signs of forgetfulness and was becoming a major "pack-rat" for the last 10 years, which I just thought was due to her advanced age.
Dementia can vary in its onset. Alzheimers disease is generally a slow progression over months to years. Vascular dementia (ie stroke) can manifest itself immediately. It is also not uncommon that different types of dementias coexist. Age, substance use and vascular disease are the risk factors for dementia in the person you are describing. I hope this was helpful. Please search this forums archives using dementia as a keyword.
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