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Dementia describes a group of symptoms that involve a decline in mental function. It is most often progressive, starting subtly and getting worse over time, but dementia can also come on suddenly.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for most dementia cases, but the two terms are not interchangeable. Several other disorders can cause dementia.
Have you noticed signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in yourself or a loved one? Experts at Dignity Health Neurological Institute of Northern California can provide diagnosis and personalized treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas. Find a Doctor and schedule an appointment to receive the care you need.
When you visit one of our specialist, we can explain that there are many causes of dementia. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which results from a buildup of plaques (called tangles) in the brain that seem to interrupt the nerve messages, causing brain cells to die. Researchers do not know why this happens.
Other causes include:
The signs and symptoms of dementia can vary depending on the cause, but the most common ones include:
Right now, there is no active way to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. However, research is showing that people who stay mentally and physically active as they get older have a lower chance of developing dementia.
Living a healthy lifestyle may also help you avoid some of the other causes of dementia. Healthy lifestyle habits include:
At Dignity Health, our experienced neuropsychologists will complete a comprehensive clinical interview and evaluate your brain function through testing memory and thinking skills. The results help us to create a diagnosis and treatment plan that is suited to your needs.
Treatment for dementia focuses on managing symptoms, such as medications for anxiety, to help improve quality of life. If dementia is due to other causes, such as infections or nutritional deficiencies, once those are treated, it is possible the dementia may be reversed or stop progressing.
Our renowned team is committed to offering the highest quality neurological care available in the region. Reach out to us today.