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Dementia refers to several conditions, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia. The symptoms of dementia depend on the type and stage of the disease, but typically cause varying degrees of memory loss and reduced brain function.
Experiencing the signs of dementia or seeing them in a family member can be scary, you can receive the personal care you need at Dignity Health. If you or a loved one would like to meet with a neurologist for symptoms of dementia in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor online.
In most instances, dementia develops over a long period of time. However, it can occur suddenly, such as in vascular dementia, which is brought on by reduced blood flow, caused by an underlying cardiovascular condition.
General dementia symptoms include:
As dementia progresses, symptoms get worse. Don’t delay in seeking the expertise of an experienced health care provider. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, contact a Dignity Health neurology department near you.
Your doctor will likely be able to diagnose dementia by reviewing your family’s medical history and performing neurological exams to test memory, problem solving, attention span, and the ability to perform other tasks.
A comprehensive neuropsychology exam may also be included. Lab and imaging tests also can help your doctor get a better understanding of your symptoms.
Tests may include:
Once a diagnosis has been reached, your Dignity Health doctor will work with you and your family to create a personalized treatment plan.