Dementia affects people with incurable conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, causing worsening memory loss, confusion, and personality changes. At Palmetto Health, in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Lominchar offers compassionate care to patients and their families when dementia strikes. To discover what you can do to delay dementia’s progression, call Palmetto Health today or use the online booking form to schedule a consultation.
Dementia isn’t a disease but a collection of symptoms that can develop as part of several neurological illnesses. The most well-known sign of dementia is memory loss. Still, there are many others, including:
Friends and family members tend to pick up on early signs of dementia, such as memory loss, before the person affected is aware of their symptoms.
As dementia progresses, patients require increased levels of care. In its final stages, dementia can cause severe memory and motor function loss. This means patients may become bedbound and have problems swallowing. Memory loss can be so profound that the affected person doesn’t recognize close friends and family members.
Dementia develops due to neuron (nerve cell) damage in the brain. The effects of dementia differ depending on where the damage occurs.
Most diseases that cause dementia are progressive and incurable disorders such as:
Traumatic brain injuries can also cause dementia.
Temporary dementia may be a symptom of an infection or an immune system, metabolic, or endocrine disorder, in which case your symptoms may be reversible.
If you have reversible dementia, Dr. Lominchar treats the underlying condition. For example, you might need hormone replacement therapy for hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). Dr. Lominchar might recommend other medicines to combat symptoms like difficulties sleeping, agitation, and depression.
Patients with incurable dementia benefit from medications such as memantine and cholinesterase inhibitors, which improve brain function and slow down the disease’s progression. The sooner you begin taking these medicines, the more effective they are, so don’t delay getting a diagnosis.
Therapeutic interventions can be invaluable when you have dementia. Art and music therapy help stimulate brain function, and occupational therapy techniques teach you coping strategies to help you manage daily life. Dr. Lominchar also promotes improved nutrition and daily exercise to boost overall health.
If you or someone you love develops signs of dementia, get expert help by calling Palmetto Health. Call the office now or book an appointment online today.