Dementia affects memory and a person’s ability to take care of themself. Though there are many causes of dementia, most are progressive and require ongoing neurological care. Knight Neurology in Rockledge, Florida, specializes in long-term dementia care, providing patients and their caregivers with the tools and support they need. For compassionate dementia care, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Dementia is a general medical term describing the loss of cognitive function to the point that it affects a person’s ability to manage their daily life.
Your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, but it’s not a normal part of the aging process. Cognitive changes with dementia may appear for many reasons, including neurodegenerative conditions.
Memory loss is usually one of the first symptoms of dementia. Though it’s not uncommon to have bouts of forgetfulness when you get older, memory loss with dementia is severe, affecting the ability to recall words, names of familiar people, or recent events.
Other symptoms of dementia include:
During the early stages of dementia, symptoms are mild and manageable. However, depending on the cause, dementia symptoms worsen over time, making it harder to maintain independence.
Many conditions can cause dementia. Knight Neurology specializes in treating neurodegenerative types of dementia, such as:
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It’s a progressive condition that occurs because of changes in the structure and function of the brain.
People with Alzheimer's disease develop plaque and tangles in the brain, which are clumps of protein that disrupt neural communication.
Vascular dementia develops when there’s a slow down or block in blood flow to the brain, causing brain damage. A stroke may cause vascular dementia.
With Lewy body dementia, brain function declines because of a buildup of protein bundles in the brain known as Lewy bodies.
Knight Neurology cares for many patients with progressive dementia. The neurology experts establish long-term relationships with their patients and families to ensure the patient with dementia gets the ongoing care and support they need.
Treatment for dementia may depend on the type and severity of symptoms. Your plan may include:
Your neurologist at Knight Neurology adjusts your plan as needed, working closely with your caretaker to ensure safety and quality of life.
For long-term compassionate dementia care, call Knight Neurology or schedule a consultation online today.