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Dementia refers to a group of several different brain disorders. Symptoms of each vary but generally cause problems with brain function and memory loss.
The most common types of dementia are:
Parkinson’s disease can also cause dementia.
At Dignity Health Southern California, our neurologists can diagnose dementia symptoms and provide skilled treatment. To learn more about the care we offer for dementia in Southern California, use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment.
Dementia is not a normal consequence of aging as once thought. Every type of dementia is a disease process. What causes dementia depends upon the brain disorder:
Dementia symptoms may vary slightly, depending upon the specific type of brain disorder. In general, all dementia produces these symptoms:
Some types of dementia come on suddenly, while others take a slow, gradual course.
There’s no cure for dementia, but doctors can treat the symptoms to improve quality of life. The goal of most treatment strategies is to minimize the symptoms and preserve brain function, either through medication or assistance with daily living.
The best way to prevent dementia is to be proactive in keeping your brain active and healthy. You do this by: