Memory Disorders & Dementia
Memory disorders occur when certain areas of the brain sustain damage, resulting in the decrease or prevention of storing and retaining memories. Memory disorders also impact:
- Cognitive Capabilities
- Social Behaviors
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Performing Simple Tasks
Memory disorders range from mild to severe and progressive to immediate. There are various causes and risk factors including:
- Substance Abuse
- Head Trauma
- Brain Tumors
- Family History
Perhaps the most prolific brain disorder is dementia. The term dementia is not a diagnosis in and of itself, but instead it refers to a group of brain conditions that negatively affect the ability to remember, reason, and communicate. Contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is caused by ongoing damage to cells in the brain. This disease is progressive meaning it gets worse over time.
- Alzheimer Disease – The most common form of dementia resulting from a change in nerves in the brain that tangle and form plaques or lose their connection to other nerves.
- Vascular Dementia – The second most common, this occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked or decreased, causing damage to brain tissue.
- Frontotemporal Dementia – Nerve cells in the frontal and temporal brain lobes begin to die, causing the lobes to shrink.
- Lewy Body Dementia – Lewy bodies are abnormal protein deposits as a result of brain tissue breaking down.
Diagnosing & Treating Memory Disorders
The multidisciplinary team at Desert Care Network is dedicated to accurately diagnosing a memory disorder to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. We will discuss your symptoms and understand your medical and family history. Additionally, diagnosis will involve:
- Physical Exam
- Neurological Tests
- Blood Tests
- CT Scan or MRI
From there, the treatment will be designed and will potentially include diet and lifestyle changes, medication, physical activity, and cognitive rehabilitation.
Schedule Your Appointment
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