LG Health in the News: Dr. Jon Bentz discusses WHO report on dementia (WGAL)

your health and dementia a report today from the World Health Organization predicts the number of adults with dementia will triple by 2050 by then the number of people worldwide with dementia may reach 115 million right now 35 million people worldwide have the illness part of the expected spike is because people will be living longer in lower and middle-income countries and but what is the difference between a simple moment of forgetfulness we all have those right and signs of dementia late on your side medical reporter citizenship I rose here with the answer i’m joined by neuropsychologist john benz from lancaster general help and we want to talk about the difference between just simple forgetfulness and the signs of dementia and dr. Bent’s you have said that forgetting something that you would not normally forget could be a sign of dementia expound on that we all forget things from time to time we all might forget to pay a bill or something along like those lines another way you left your keys we lack disease or might even forget an acquaintance named but those are all kind of common memory lapses that we all experience at some point in our life when it becomes more frequent or when we point where we’re repetitive telling you the same story maybe that I told you a minute ago we’re asking you the same question over and over again that might be a sign of a developing dementia and as you mentioned repeating yourself a lot that could be a sign repeating the same story over and over again I mean we all probably know somebody who has a dementia with Alzheimer’s and they’ll come to you and they’ll say so where you living now and you tell them living in Lancaster in two minutes later where are you living now you know so those types of things over and over again as the person on the receiving end of that how should you deal with it best way to handle that is just to answer that question as directly as you can you don’t want to necessarily challenge or confront the individual or make them feel bad about their memory lapse but I would just continue to answer that question and then you can kind of change the subject move on to something else and what about that a conversation carrying on a conversation is that a person has difficulty with that can either we all have trouble coming up with a word that we want to use from time to time but will eventually be able to come up with that word where it starts becoming a warning sign of maybe something more is yes when the individual is having difficulty following the conversation or adequately conveying their own thoughts and just quickly if you notice this with a family member or friend what’s your best thing to do the best thing to do if you’re starting to be concerned over the possibility of a developing dementia is certainly contact that individuals primary care physician to do an evaluation or to determine whether that individual might be better evaluated through a specialty center like we have lancaster general i imagine if something family members often probably notice more so first off than a family physician absolutely absolutely and in fact the statistics suggested about fifty percent of individuals with a dementia go undiagnosed being picked up on as part of the routine medical care and as with anything I guess early detection is certainly important absolutely so you know a multidisciplinary memory program we’re being seen by perhaps a geriatric specialist a neurologist and neuropsychologist leads to earlier detection diagnosis earlier treatment and really goes a long way and decreasing the morbidity that deficits the problems that families run into alright very good thank you so much dr. Bentley joining us tonight we appreciate it and Susan Thank You Lancaster General Health has an Alzheimer’s and memory care program you can call 544 a 35 39 for more information on that you know it’s a mystery that’s

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