Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 5.5 million Americans, reducing their functionality and increasing their risk for premature death. While there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the caring medical staff at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC, with offices serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, Utica, and Westland, Michigan, offer custom treatment plans to help you manage your symptoms and sustain a high quality of life. Find out more about available treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease to better cope with your diagnosis by scheduling an appointment online or by phone today.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects your memory and thinking capabilities due to the wasting away of brain cells. As the disease progresses, it slowly destroys these cognitive functions, interfering with your ability to complete the most basic tasks.
Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, a condition where your ability to think, behave, and interact socially declines quickly and continuously.
The first signs of Alzheimer’s disease may appear in those who are in their early to mid-60s. Symptoms gradually progress until your cognitive skills become severely impaired.
The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. It may begin with difficulties remembering specific events or recent activities. This memory loss eventually progresses, making it difficult to remember major parts of your life, keep your thoughts organized, or recognize people you know.
Other common symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease include:
Progression of the disease may cause delusions and distrust of other people.
For many, it’s your loved one’s attention to your mood and behavior changes that lead to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
The medical staff at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC carefully listen to those symptoms and perform a physical exam to rule out other conditions that can affect your memory or behavior.
A neurological exam is also important for identifying other signs of Alzheimer’s disease. An exam allows your doctor to assess your:
Additionally, imaging tests like an MRI or CT scan can rule out tumors, strokes, and other issues that can affect your memory.
There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are therapies that can slow down the progression of the condition to enhance your quality of life.
Therapies may include:
It’s also important that you establish routines to prevent losing important items, like cellphones and money. The Michigan Neurology Associates & PC medical team offer resources to help you stay organized at home to reduce fall risks and confusion.
To address the emotional and mental aspects of Alzheimer’s diseases, the staff psychologist offers support services to treat or prevent depression and anxiety.
If you’re struggling with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, or have concerns about a loved one, schedule a consultation at Michigan Neurology Associates & PC online or by phone today.