Dementia affects your memory and diminishes your ability to think, communicate, and perform daily tasks. If you or a loved one has signs of dementia, the team at Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders (DCND) runs cognitive testing, diagnoses the cause of your symptoms, and begins treatment that prolongs your quality of life. To get exceptional dementia care at the office in Centerville, Beavercreek, Eaton, or Huber Heights, Ohio, the first step is to obtain a referral from your primary care physician. Then, the DCND team will reach out to you to schedule an appointment.
Dementia is the loss of memory and cognitive function that’s severe enough to disrupt your daily life. Most adults experience some memory loss as they get older, but that’s not the same as dementia because it doesn’t affect your ability to deal with everyday tasks.
There are numerous types of dementia, including:
There are four primary dementias that cause progressive brain damage:
The first three conditions develop when proteins build up and damage nerves in the brain. As more protein accumulates, a progressively larger area is destroyed, and your dementia symptoms worsen. Vascular dementia damages the brain when clogged arteries stop blood flow.
Several neurological conditions cause dementia. A few examples include:
Anti-HIV drugs may delay or prevent HIV-associated dementia. Otherwise, these dementias aren’t curable.
Dementia causes many symptoms, including:
The earliest signs you experience depend on the brain area that’s damaged when dementia begins. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common dementia, begins with memory loss.
Your Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders provider first determines if you have an underlying neurological condition or a primary progressive dementia.
They provide the appropriate treatment for an underlying neurological condition. They also prescribe medications when appropriate to improve cognitive function and slow down memory loss. People with early-stage Alzheimer’s may be good candidates for new medications. Ask your provider about them at your next appointment.
If you’re worried about memory loss or other symptoms, ask your primary care physician to refer you to Dayton Center for Neurological Disorders. Then the office will reach out to you to schedule an evaluation.