Any change in behavior, mood, or personality in a middle-aged person may signal a problem. A visit to the person’s health care provider is a good idea if the change interferes with any of the following:
Many conditions can cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms in a middle-aged person, including both medical and psychological problems. Some of these conditions can be reversed, or at least stopped or slowed down. Therefore, it is extremely important that the person with symptoms be checked thoroughly to rule out treatable conditions.
An early diagnosis allows treatment to begin earlier in the disease, when it has the best chance of improving symptoms. Early diagnosis also allows the affected person to plan activities and make arrangements for care while he or she can still take part in making decisions.
Individuals with Pick disease should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and
constipation. An individual with Pick disease should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
After Pick disease has been diagnosed and treatment begun, the individual requires regular checkups with his or her health care provider.
These checkups allow the health care provider to see how well treatment is working and to make adjustments as necessary.
They allow detection of new medical and behavior problems that could benefit from treatment.
These visits also give the family caregiver(s) an opportunity to discuss problems in the individual’s care.
Eventually, the person with Pick disease will become unable to care for himself or herself, or even to make decisions about his or her care.
There is no known way to prevent Pick disease. Being alert for symptoms and signs may allow earlier diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate treatment can slow or relieve symptoms and behavior problems in some people.
Some experts think that education and other forms of intellectual challenge may help protect people against the disease. People with low levels of education and mental/intellectual activity are said to be at a higher risk for the disease and to be more likely to have more severe disease, but this has not been proven conclusively.
Pick disease starts slowly but finally results in severe brain damage.
Pick disease is considered to be a terminal disease.
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