Alzheimer’s & Memory Disorders
It’s one thing to forget where you put your car keys. Forgetting how to drive the car is another matter. If memory problems are driving you or your loved ones to worry, it may be time to see a doctor.
Dementia – having trouble thinking, remembering information and performing simple tasks – isn’t a disease. It’s a group of symptoms that might go along with other diseases and conditions. Shifts in mood or changes in personality may also take place with memory loss.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss so severe that it interferes with everyday activities, contact our neurologists for help.
Symptoms of Memory Disorders
Half of people over the age of 85 suffer from some kind of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia may include:
- Trouble remembering
- Struggling to communicate, plan and organize
- Loss of coordination and motor skills
- Severe personality changes
- Getting lost and confused
- Being unable to reason
These symptoms can worsen as you age. That’s why being diagnosed early and getting treatment right away is a smart move.
Treatment Information for Memory Disorders
What should you expect during your initial visits? Neurological tests, brain scans, lab work, a psychiatric evaluation and questions from your doctor. Based on your diagnosis, your neurological team will develop a treatment plan specifically for you.
The symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s may be helped by medications that slow down or minimize memory loss. Sometimes dementia can even be reversed when caused by:
- Immune disorders or infections (Lyme disease, leukemia, syphilis, meningitis and encephalitis)
- Problems with your thyroid
- Not drinking enough liquids (dehydration)
- Brain tumor
- Reactions to a medication
- Heart and lung issues
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, your neurologists will help you manage your symptoms and discuss ways to adjust your lifestyle and living situation to accommodate your diagnosis. Simple steps like reducing the clutter around your home, exercising, and establishing a nighttime ritual can help. We’ll also talk with your caregiver about ways they can help you.
Memory loss can be scary until you know the facts. Finding out the cause of your memory disorder symptoms and learning how to maintain your dignity and quality of life can take a huge load off your mind.
Contact us to schedule a second opinion appointment with our neurologists today.