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Parkinson Disease Dementia (cont.)

Parkinson's Disease Dementia Follow-up, Prevention, and Prognosis

A person with Parkinson's disease and dementia requires regular checkups with his or her health care professional.

  • These checkups allow the health care professional to see how well treatment is working and make adjustments as necessary.
  • They allow detection of new problems of cognition, mood, or behavior 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 Parkinson's disease and dementia will likely become unable to care for himself or herself or even to make decisions about his or her care if the patient lives long enough with Parkinson's disease and dementia.

  • It is best for the person to discuss future care arrangements with family members as early as possible, so that his or her wishes can be clarified and documented for the future.
  • A health care professional can advise patients and caregivers about legal arrangements that should be made to ensure that these wishes are observed.

Parkinson's disease dementia prevention

There is no known way of preventing dementia in Parkinson's disease. However, patients with Parkinson's disease are urged to continue to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle as this may delay or reduce the onset of dementia, although there is no good data to indicate this will occur.

Parkinson's disease dementia prognosis

Persons with Parkinson's disease and dementia have a poorer prognosis than persons with Parkinson's disease without dementia. Their risk of mood disorders and other complications, as well as premature death, is higher.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/30/2014

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