Dementia is a medical term coming into the common usage. In the medical sense, dementia describes a subset of symptoms which include (but are not limited to) memory loss, confusion, anxiety, crying, loss of ability to reason logically. The symptoms can include confusion, crying, agitation, and combativeness. Since these symptoms can also occur in persons without dementia, it is best to involve a medical professional to determine whether symptoms rise to the level of dementia.
There are five primary kinds of dementia which come into the Court system: Alzheimers type, ETOH (drug and alcohol relate), Parkinson's Dementia, AIDS Dementia, and Vascular Dementia (commonly referred to as senile dementia). Each type of dementia can have early, mid or late stages.
This information should not be relied upon as definitive for diagnostic purposes. For diagnosis and treatment of dementia, consult a medical professional. If a conservator wants to have the power of give consent for special dementia treatment, either with medications or by confinement in a dementia facility, this must be specifically requested from the Court. Without special Court permission, it is against the law in California for a conservator to allow a conservatee to be treated with psychotropic medications or confined in a dementia facility.
If you are interested in discussing dementia or health-care related issues with Mrs. Martin, please call 650-340-1166 to schedule an appointment.
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