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DogsHaveNoButtocks Fri 27-Oct-17 19:37:05

My face has been jerking around, and an MRI scan says that I have an increased risk of vascular dementia. I am 68 and very frightened.
There's nothing to be done. Just deal with it.

SlackerMum1 Fri 27-Oct-17 19:40:28

Sorry to hear that! That must be really shocking news and I didn’t want to read and run.... have you had a follow up to talk about ways you can reduce that risk? All the evidence suggest there are things you can do to try and minimise the chances regardless of where you start (eg already high risk) flowers

whiteroseredrose Fri 27-Oct-17 19:43:19

It's a risk, not an absolute. Did they give you any suggestions as to how to minimise your actual chances?

mrsmalcolmreynolds Fri 27-Oct-17 19:48:25

OP I'm sorry to hear that. The Alzheimer's Society is a good resource for those affected by all types of dementia, not just AD so worth a look. Also, although a dementia diagnosis or risk is a very big deal, life doesn't just end and there are still good times in life.

My DM (68 like you) was diagnosed with AD two years ago and although there are very tough times we also do still have positive times too. She's only just moved out of her own home and wouldn't have needed to do that if she was a bit closer to us. A family friend was diagnosed with VD around the same time and is still travelling independently etc.

BarbarianMum Fri 27-Oct-17 19:50:52

<<there's nothing to be done>>

Not necessarily so. What's your blood pressure like? If you have vascular dementia then anything you can do to keep your blood pressure down will slow the progression of the disease - and lots can be done about blood pressure.

PerfectlyDone Fri 27-Oct-17 19:51:31

There is LOTS to be done!

I am sorry you had this worrying news but don't be despondent.
All that has changed is that you now know that you have a higher risk of vascular detention - it's a heads up and a chance to make changes to reduce that risk.

A risk is not a verdict.
Nobody can predict what will or will not happen to you.

So, if you smoke, stop.
If you drink too much alcohol, reduce your intake.
Get moving - both physically and mentally.
Make sure your blood pressure and your cholesterol are normal/low.
Formal exercise is great, but an active lifestyle involving as little sitting as possible is vital.
Surround yourself with interesting people and things; do stuff.

Were you given any idea why your face has been jerking??

thanks

AnUtterIdiot Fri 27-Oct-17 20:00:07

My MIL was at risk of it for ages (years of mini strokes and warfarin) but she was at least 80 before it actually started and she's had it for about 3 years now. It's really not that bad. Her short term memory isn't always great but she is still very much herself, happy in herself and a great conversationalist. I love spending time with her. It may not happen to you at all anyway but if it did from what I can see it is not nearly as bad as you might be expecting. Please don't waste your time now worrying about this. I know that's easier said than done but anything could happen to anyone at any time. flowers

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