Specialists at Elite Medical Clinics DFW are here to support and assist you and your loved one as you navigate through dementia.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a broad term used for the loss of cognitive abilities that negatively affect daily life activities. Memory loss is the most common symptom associated with dementia. While dementia occurs most frequently in the elderly, it is not considered part of the normal aging process.
It takes many significant changes and/or declines in cognitive abilities to diagnose dementia. Symptoms of dementia can include:
- Memory loss
- Poor reasoning and judgment
- Lack of communication abilities
- Anxiety, nervousness
- Hallucination, paranoia
- Sleep disorders
Dementia is a progressive disease and its symptoms increase over time. As soon as you or your loved one shows any of the symptoms, we urge you to seek help with one of our specialists at Elite Medicine Clinics DFW. The sooner you come to us, the better we can assist and ensure that you or your loved one has the best possible treatment plan.
Damaged brain cells cause of dementia. This damage interferes with communication among the brain cells and affects the functionality of the brain cells. These cellular changes ultimately affect memory, behavior, and feelings.
While dementia cannot definitively be diagnosed by one test., our specialists at Elite Medicine Clinics can skillfully and compassionately diagnose dementia with a high level of certainty. Among the tools we use to diagnose dementia are:
- Reviewing personal and family medical history
- Performing a physical exam
- Ordering lab tests
- Performing memory tests
- Analyzing changes in daily life function and behaviors
Dementia does not have a cure nor do treatments stop the progression of dementia. The medications and therapies that we provide help manage symptoms and can help to improve or sustain mental function and mood.
Age and genetics are risk factors for dementia, but research has shown us that maintaining a healthy weight and good blood pressure and cholesterol can help lower heart disease risks that are associated with dementia. Regular physical exercise and a healthy diet can also contribute positively to your heart and brain health and reduce the risk of dementia.
If you are experiencing symptoms that might be considered dementia, call us to learn more about how our doctors can help you. While this can be a difficult time, our doctors and providers at Elite Medicine Clinics DFW are here to support and provide the best care for you or your loved one.