Dementia describes a group of symptoms that affect your cognitive function, including memory and thinking. As the symptoms worsen over time, they can also affect your social abilities and your quality of life.
The most common cause of progressive dementia in older adults is Alzheimer’s disease. This disease develops when plaques in the brain damage neurons and connective fibers, interfering with the brain’s function.
Your risk for developing dementia increases as you age, although the condition can occur in younger people. You may also be at higher risk for dementia if you have a family history of the disease.
Other preventable risk factors for dementia can include:
There are also prescription and over-the-counter medications that can worsen your memory over time, including those that contain diphenhydramine.
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque if you have any concerns about changes in your memory or brain function. You also need a dementia screening if you have symptoms like:
Mental health issues like depression and anxiety can also be a side effect of dementia.
Dr. Ownbey specializes in neurological assessments to determine if your symptoms relate to dementia or another condition. Since there’s no specific test to identify dementia, he performs a physical, orders lab tests, and completes cognitive function tests.
While there’s no cure for most types of dementia, Dr. Ownbey designs a treatment plan that makes your symptoms more manageable.
Your plan may include:
Dr. Ownbey may also recommend ways to organize your home and environment to support your health and safety. This may include arranging items you use often in a certain way or eliminating sharp objects and other items that pose a risk to your safety.
You can expect to schedule routine visits, so Dr. Ownbey can assess the effectiveness of your treatment and the progression of your symptoms.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of dementia, call Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque today or book an appointment online.