While dementia is commonly associated with aging, more than 50 million people around the world suffer from the condition. At Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman and Plano, Texas, Robert Hernandez, MD, diagnoses dementia and provides expert customized care to improve your quality of life. If you’re concerned about yourself or someone you love, call Primary Medicine of Sherman or schedule a consultation online today.
Dementia encompasses a wide range of conditions that negatively affect your cognitive abilities, such as memory and decision making. It’s a common misconception that dementia and cognitive decline are standard parts of the aging process.
Dementia conditions are progressive, which means that, over time, your symptoms become more severe. Eventually, you could lose your ability to perform day-to-day activities such as grocery shopping, cooking for yourself, or even remembering to shower or brush your teeth.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for around 80% of dementia diagnoses, making it the most common type of dementia.
Dementia causes a wide range of symptoms that affect your core mental functions, including:
Dementia usually starts mildly and becomes more severe over time. For example, dementia can affect your memory, so you may notice that you misplace your keys frequently. But as time goes on, you may find that you forget to pay bills, prepare meals, or attend appointments.
Dementia is related to brain cell damage, although it’s not entirely clear if dementia damages your brain cells or if brain cell damage causes dementia. Additionally, different parts of your brain control distinct functions and the region of your brain that is damaged determine your symptoms.
While there’s no single test that identifies dementia, Dr. Hernandez and the nurse practitioners at Primary Medicine of Sherman, Julie Thomison, NP, and Brittany Brown, NP, take a comprehensive approach to diagnosing the condition causing your symptoms. They use physical exams, lab tests, and cognitive function assessments to identify dementia.
The team at Primary Medicine of Sherman offers customized treatments to address your dementia symptoms, slow the progression of your disease, and help you maintain your independence and quality of life.
While there’s no cure for dementia, with customized care, you can maintain a high quality of life for years to come. For example, your provider can prescribe medication, if appropriate, and offer therapies and treatments to slow the progression of your disease and help you develop strategies to cope with your symptoms.
If you’re concerned about dementia, call Primary Medicine of Sherman or make an appointment online today for an assessment and customized treatment.