In the United States, about five million adults 65 years of age and older have dementia. Though often associated with aging, dementia isn’t a normal part of the aging process. All Neurological Services specializes in diagnosing and treating dementia. To schedule a consultation for yourself or a loved one, call the office in Brooklyn, New York, or Cliffside Park, New Jersey, today. You can also request an appointment online.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a medical term that describes a person’s inability to remember things, think clearly, or make decisions, affecting their quality of life.
Though dementia is more common in older adults, it’s not a normal part of the aging process.
Those who have dementia may find their forgetfulness and cognitive changes terrifying. If you or someone you love is having trouble remembering things, schedule a consultation at All Neurological Services.
Dementia and memory specialists at All Neurological Services understand how to diagnose and manage problems related to memory.
What causes dementia?
Dementia may occur from many causes. Knowing the cause of your dementia helps determine the best treatment.
Common types of dementia include:
Lewy body dementia
Memory difficulties may also occur after head trauma, from a tumor, or depression. You may also develop problems with memory from certain medications, abuse of alcohol, or vitamin deficiencies.
What happens during a dementia evaluation?
When you visit All Neurological Services for a dementia evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive neurologic exam and diagnostic tests to identify the cause of your memory problem.
Testing may include:
Electroencephalogram (EEG) to evaluate for electrical evidence global brain dysfunction
Brain neuroimaging to assess for structural evidence of brain disease
Blood work to look for reversible causes of cognitive dysfunction, such as vitamin deficiencies
All Neurological Services recommends scheduling a consultation as soon as you experience changes in memory. An early diagnosis may help you better manage the disease and improve your overall quality of life.
How is dementia treated?
All Neurological Services customizes dementia treatment based on the underlying cause. For dementia from neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms and preventing further damage.
For reversible forms of memory loss, like those related to vitamin deficiencies or medication side effects, your provider may recommend specific treatments to address the underlying causes.
Don’t ignore your memory changes; call All Neurological Services, or schedule a dementia consultation online today.