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Sat, Jan 4 9:32pm · Decreased sense of smell may indicate early dementia in Brain & Nervous System

One of the symptoms or signs for this (Early Onset Alzheimer), is the deteriorating sense of smell. This is from my experience as I now recall. But this is not receiving any attention because of self denial on the part of the caregiver or the person.

I had just assisted a senior and although the person seems to be agile (for his age), the person admitted that the sense of smell is no longer there.

I had tried to sound it out,

Although the family did admitted that there are other minor signs, it is perhaps just beginning

But the fact is that, this keen sense of smell that is no longer there, did not ring any alarm bells.

Sad to say that, although the person, due to the age, does not belong to the Early Onset Alzheimer, it seems that the this symptom has not been noticed.

There is no mention in the latest news from the Mayo Clinic.

Is there anybody out there who had noticed this ?

If the above is valid, how can it be put to use to identify Alzheimer, instead of running around the bush to get the necessary tests for it.

And after getting getting to pay for all the costly tests to ascertain that it is Alzheimer’s……what can be done ? Nothing but to retreat into a cocoon to avoid being stigmatized.

Cheers

Nov 6, 2019 · Challenges of macro caregiving: Dental care, eye care, etc. in Caregivers: Dementia

Macro caregiving, is about dental care for those with YOD and unable to carry out all daily living activities. The dental aids that are available are not well publicized and is hardly available. There is no emphasis for oral hygiene, how to go about doing so for one that refuses to open mouth and to keep it open. Those dental inserts used dentists to keep the mouth open is not available at all. Those dental sponges is certainly not recommended for oral hygiene. Next macro caregiving issue is how can we as caregivers ascertain that there is no vision impairment for our love ones who will not be able to read the chart, unable to understand what is going on to keep eyes open for proper diagnosis ( glaucoma, cataracts, dry eyes, retinal disorders, etc ) Is there an equipment that can do an analysis for such. They refuse to cooperate by keeping their eyes open for diagnosis. Just putting oral eye drops is also challenging macro care giving task. Please remember that this is for a person who has no ability to do anything. Yes I still want to treat her well at this macro level of care giving. I have heard of caregivers who do not want to do it for years….all the teeth just turned black and fall out. I cannot imagine the pain that ensues.

Nov 5, 2019 · Frontotemporal Dementia in Brain & Nervous System

Yes. YOD is young onset dementia. There is no focus on it. All i hear is about Alzheimer or dementia in above 65. My wife had it when she was in her late 50s. Nobody knows how to handle this. Stigmatised and fallen by the wayside.This is what that is in Singapore. It is the same as in other places as well.

Oct 26, 2019 · Frontotemporal Dementia in Brain & Nervous System

FTD is also aka young onset dementia. Those below 60 with Dementia is YOD or FTD. There is no cure. Current available medication only alleviates the symptoms only. FTD will have personality change and affect the frontal lobes. The impact will be felt sooner than later.