Nearly 6 million Americans live with dementia, and the condition will become more prevalent as the population ages. If you or someone you love live with dementia, contact Jemima Mensah, PMHNP, at Reform Psychiatry LLC in Smyrna, TN, La Vergne TN, & Murfreesboro TN. Jemima offers expert diagnosis and treatment to manage dementia symptoms, helping you to maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible. Call or make an appointment online today.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a wide range of conditions that impair your cognitive ability, including memory and decision making. Dementia is progressive, which means that your symptoms become more severe over time and eventually interfere with your ability to perform day-to-day activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, comprising up to 80% of dementia diagnoses. Contrary to popular belief, severe cognitive decline is not a normal part of aging, but a sign of a brain disorder.
Dementia affects your core mental functions, including:
Dementia symptoms develop progressively. For example, as your memory declines, you may find that you frequently misplace your keys or wallet and eventually forget to pay bills, prepare meals, or attend appointments.
Damage to your brain cells leads to dementia. Each region of your brain controls different functions, and your symptoms relate to the affected part of your brain. The damage may be caused by a wide range of issues. For example, if you have Alzheimer’s disease, it is due to high levels of specific proteins that make it hard for your brain cells to stay healthy and active.
Unfortunately, there’s no single test that identifies dementia. At Reform Psychiatry LLC, Jemima uses physical exams, lab tests, and cognitive function assessments to detect dementia. Her patient-focused and compassionate approach helps you and your loved ones learn about the condition and how to manage your health and symptoms.
Treatment for dementia depends on the cause of your mental decline. While there’s no cure for dementia, Jemima offers therapies and treatments to slow the progression of your disease and help you develop strategies to cope with your symptoms.
While medication is helpful in some instances, you or your loved one can learn to adjust the environment at home to reduce challenges and risks to safety and security. You can also work on communication skills to limit confrontation and upset feelings. These skills are beneficial to both the patient and their family and other caregivers.
If you’re concerned about dementia, call Reform Psychiatry LLC or make an appointment online today.