Understanding Alzheimer's and Brain Health

By: Neal Ratchford

June 19, 2024

Provider going over scan with patient

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, designed to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and recognize the importance of brain health.

At Renown Health, we are committed to providing exceptional care through our Memory Disorders Program, dedicated to accurately diagnosing and treating various causes of memory loss and cognitive decline.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects millions of people worldwide. It is a progressive disorder that leads to a steady decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Early symptoms include forgetfulness, difficulty performing familiar tasks, and language problems. As the disease advances, individuals may experience disorientation, mood changes, and a loss of interest in daily activities.

Dementia encompasses a range of symptoms associated with cognitive impairment that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is not a specific disease but a descriptive term for the collection of symptoms resulting from various brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Renown Health’s Comprehensive Approach

The Renown Memory Disorders Program offers a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating memory-related conditions. Our experts, including Dr. Jon Artz and Dr. Davor Zink, specialize in cognitive rehabilitation, a therapy designed to restore, strengthen, and sharpen cognitive functions. This therapy includes cognitive exercises, hands-on activities, and strategies to enhance daily living.

We treat a wide array of patients, from those with mild cognitive impairment to individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Our program is structured to support those 60 years and older experiencing memory problems, high-functioning individuals with memory issues, and those referred to a neurologist for further evaluation.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders is crucial for managing symptoms and planning for the future. It allows individuals and their families to access the necessary resources and support, including medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and counseling services. Renown Health’s Memory Disorders Program emphasizes accurate diagnosis through comprehensive evaluations, ensuring personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s needs.

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