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Dementia refers to a group of neurological conditions that affect brain function and memory. The symptoms of dementia depend on the specific type. Types include Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia.
Dignity Health neurologists can diagnose and manage all stages of dementia in the Bay Area. For the expertise you deserve, Find a Doctor.
In the early stages of dementia, symptoms may be mild and not that noticeable. As it progresses, these signs may become more pronounced. Certain types of dementia occur very quickly, while others take years to develop.
The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but generally include:
If you suspect one or more of these symptoms, meet with an experienced Dignity Health doctor for a diagnosis and personal care.
The causes of dementia depend on the type.
The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association list the following as general risk factors for dementia:
Treatments for dementia focus on minimizing symptoms, preserving brain function, and improving quality of life. Dignity Health doctors may recommend medications to increase cognitive functions or stabilize mood. As the disease progresses, home care, such as bathing, dressing, and feeding, may be necessary.
Talk with your doctor about ways to prevent dementia.
Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area offer compassionate care to treat and manage all types of dementia.