My grandmother is 89 years old and had recently shown signs of dementia. I was wondering if patients often have "pain" that suddenly appears and disappears. Often severe and debilitating making her forget how to function. A pain in her shoulder will be so intense that she can not bring herself to move her legs.

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Hi, no, that sounds serious and like something else. She should definitely go to the doctor and get that looked at. Could be a sign of something serious about to happen.

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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