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  1. Hi there,

    What an interesting read this was. I’ve learned some extremely valuable pieces of information from your post. It really shows that looking after yourself is key throughout your life to prevent such issues from occurring.

    I’ve heard depression can lead to dementia but I never knew that those other factors could contribute to it.

    • Thank you, Sharon, glad you liked it! Depression can lead to dementia, but can also be mistakenly diagnosed and therefore inadequately treated, as many more conditions, which I even could not all mention here.

  2. Great article, Kerryane,
    Back in the years, my dad (R.I.P.) had to surgeries for a subdural hematoma. He was healed, and passed away for a different health condition but not related to this.
    Nowadays, I have a friend’s dad who is having some symptoms like my dad did before, and that triggered the surgery, and he was concerned with his dad having dementia, so in my search to find useful information for him, I got to your article and is great that you put these things to the reach of ordinary people knowledge, many can be prevented for wrong treatments as you said, but I do trust in the “head” doctors, in the end, they have studied one of the hardest and longest to acquire specializations, and I believe is mostly people without knowledge are the ones worrying about conditions just because they heard a rumor or about some symptoms.
    Thank you for this great article my friend already received my share and he will be very happy to know more when talking to his dad’s doctors.

    • Thank you for sharing this with us, Pablo. Confusing other conditions with dementia does happen more often outside of the official diagnose, than within, I’ll absolutely agree with that. In the same times, at an older age, the diagnose of the dementia is the first obvious choice, as many people do have it. Doctors have studied indeed and they took the Hypocrite’s Oath to treat the ill to the best of their ability, which they surely do. Even so, it may happen that, due to the many similarities between these conditions, searching for other underlying causes stops too soon and the patient looses the chance to be treated for the condition which might be reversible, unlike dementia.
      Thank you for sharing the article and I hope that it will truly be of help to your friend, as well.
      All the best,
      Kerryanne

  3. This is a long list of conditions which can be mistaken for dementia. I would never have thought to link any of the mentioned but now I have read your post I have learnt this – thank you for bringing this important information to our attention! It is really helpful to know this.

  4. It is interesting how our bodies can sometimes “fool” us or our loved ones into having a condition that they do not have. Reading this article, I am beginning to realize how often we can mistake certain signs and we really need to see a doctor to rule out any wrong conclusions. It is so easy to make a mistake, and we are no doctors. It is easy for some to get patronizing with an older person who may have health problems and consequently they tend to ommit listening to him/her or what is really going on …
    This article – like your other ones – was another eye-opening read for me.

    • Thank you Catherine, I’m really glad if you liked it.
      We can very easily make a mistake, as many of these conditions have very similar symptoms at the beginnig. Human nature and way of thinking is a tricky one, when it comes to illnesses-we either do not take any notice of being ill, or we expect the worst possible outcome of it. So, it is only normal that we fear of the worse one-dementia in this case. It takes a lot of experience and a lot of eliminating to come to the true one. Sadly, not even the doctors do the right diagnose 100% of the time, so it is always on us to observe, double check the symptoms and ask the doctor for a new assessment if we are in doubt. Especially with our elderly loved ones. Too often have I seen a plain loneliness labeled with dementia in beginnings.

  5. Kerryanne, the picture above is amazing. I had to move around just slightly and I was able to see both of them. A dear friend very close to me struggled with an addiction to anti-anxiety meds for 15yrs or more and she kept adding medication to her list to try and keep up with all of the ailments she had. She already had prior depression as well. Over the course of the years, she developed what we had thought was dementia starting. Loss of sleep or sleeping way too much. Delerium was a serious thing for her. She could not keep her days and nights straight or even what day it was. She started hallucinating and eventually lost most of her short term memory and cognitive functions. Keep in mind it is really a sad situation that all of the meds were actually prescribed to her by one doctor. After convincing her to see a new doctor and him putting her into rehab for the dependency of all the medicines I am so happy to say today that she is 98% better. It has been a long road but she no longer has any of the delirium, loss of memory, and she says she feels better than 20yrs ago. I hope that others can find answers to the concerns that make them concerned that their loved one may have dementia and find a positive outcome as we did. I suppose I never realized how many other health concerns could mimic dementia.

    • Thank you, Cheyenne for sharing with us this obvious and horrible in the same time example of misdiagnosing and mistreating someone, even by a doctor. Lucky she is to have friends like you who persuaded her to ask for a second opinion and to be able to find a doctor who was able to see through those misleading signs. The worse in this story is that it would have not taken that much even for the first doctor to rule out the harming medications and save her years of suffering.
      I’m very sorry for what she have had gone through, but very happy that she managed to eliminate the consequences and live the life (almost) to the fullest.

  6. Yes, I managed to spot both women. I passed now, didn’t I? 🙂
    But you’re right, the signs don’t always indicate the right illness. So many older people, especially when they are on their own, eat not healthy enough, which causes a lot of problems. And now with COVID the impossibility of social interaction destroys many elderly people.
    I see both elements happening for my mother-in-law (almost 90). She doesn’t eat very well and she feels lonely. So the family got into alarm state. Now there are doctors visiting, intake people for a possibly admission to a nursing home, a psychologist, and with all the attention it seems as if she is reviving.
    I hope that won’t hinder her admission, because once all the attention is gone, she can relapse.

    • Passed with an “A”! I’m sorry, however to hear about your mother-in-law. Even more so, as loneliness can easily transform into a depression (not feeling like eating is one of the first signs) and the isolation which helps people not to contract the virus, unfortunately worsen the mental state, especially in such an advanced age. I hope she will be correctly diagnosed and treated adequately. If she lives alone and there is no one who could move in, perhaps the best solution is an admission to a nice assisted living facility.

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