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Memory Disorders Program

Memory Disorders Program 

 
We diagnose and treat memory disorders, including programs for different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. 
 

Dementia 

By definition it is a severe decline in mental ability that interferes with daily life. Some memory loss can occur with the normal aging process, however dementia is more serious. It affects the ability to organize thoughts, use language and accurately see the visual world. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. 

Alzheimer's Disease 

Symptoms of this brain disease include: 
  • Forgetfulness  
  • Difficulty performing tasks  
  • Language problems 
  • Disorientation  
  • Changes in mood or behavior 
  • Loss of interest in normal, daily routines 
 
If you or a family member have concerns about memory loss or other symptoms of Alzheimer's, it is important to be evaluated by a neurologist. There are interventions and therapies available that can ease symptoms and help individuals manage daily challenges. 

Diagnostic Imaging 

Brain scans such as CT and MRI can be used to rule out other conditions which can mask as Alzheimer’s. 
Your neurologist will evaluate your health to determine which imaging option is best for you. 

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How can you care for someone with Alzheimer's disease?

You'll work with a team of health professionals to create a safe and comfortable environment and to make tasks of daily living as easy as possible. Some people with early or mild Alzheimer's disease can care for themselves.

How to help

Work with the team of health professionals to:

  • Make sure the home is safe.
  • Keep the person eating well.
  • Manage sleep problems.
  • Manage bladder and bowel control problems.

The team can also help you learn how to manage behavior problems. For example, you can learn ways to help the person avoid confusion, manage agitation, and communicate clearly.

Decisions to make

You have decisions to make about both medical care and legal issues. They include:

  • Whether your loved one should continue to drive.
  • When it's time for a nursing home or assisted living.
  • When it's time for palliative care.
  • What kind of end-of-life care and surroundings your loved one wants.