Dementia

Dementia Treatment
Dementia is not a specific disease but is a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other cognitive skills that severely reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is often referred to as "senility dementia" but at Arizona Neurologist Associates (ANA), we understand that serious mental decline is not necessarily a normal part of aging.
Statistically, the most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases but having trouble with memory does not equate to or mean that you have Alzheimer's. Second most common is Vascular dementia, follows closely on the heels of having a stroke. At ANA we understand there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia. Many health issues can cause problems with memory and thinking. Some dementia-like symptoms are caused by treatable conditions including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems, depression, drug interactions, excess use of alcohol or vitamin deficiencies.

ANA specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Our team of physicians will conduct a careful history with the patient. Very often family members are encouraged to attend and are questioned about the patient’s behavior because sometimes the patient is unaware of their symptoms.

Next a neurological examination is performed by one of our specialists at Arizona Neurologist Associates to determine if there are signs of dementia. These consist of a simple screening of mental functions. There also will be tests to further investigate the cause of the symptoms which may include blood tests, spinal tap and brain imaging studies.

Many dementias are progressive in a nature. Typically symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in thinking skills, don't ignore them. Call Arizona Neurologist Associates today and make an appointment to see one of our specialist. We will work with you to determine the cause and determine if you have a treatable condition. In our practice, an early diagnosis equates to maximum benefit for patients from available treatments.