Is there any treatment for MID and what is the prognosis?

As with many types of Dementia, there is really no treatment available for MID patients (once again MID is the acronym for Multi-Infarct Dementia). The brain has been damaged by a series of “silent strokes” in which there is no reversal for.

If the family or caregiver wants to do anything for the client, it would be to focus on the prevention of future strokes! The way to do this would be to control or avoid any diseases or medical conditions that place individuals in high risk positions for strokes.

Things that can be controlled are a person’s high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, prevention for each of these should have began at an early age and should begin with eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, moderately using alcohol, and maintaining a healthy weight. All the caregiver can do now is to help the individual obtain these things and maintain them.

Because most of the damage is already done, the prognosis for your clients diagnosed with MID is ordinarily poor.  What you need to beware of is the fact that the symptoms for this disorder can come without warning! They may begin suddenly and often in a step-wise pattern after each small stroke occurs.

The calm before the storm is that your client may actually appear to improve for short periods of time, but then decline after more “silent strokes” take place. When intermittent periods of rapid deterioration occur, the client diagnosed with MID generally will take a downward course and death could potentially occur for a larger stroke, heart disease, pneumonia or any other infection.

All the caregiver can do is to be there, reassure and demonstrate that they realize that With Age Comes Respect!

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About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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