Memory loss is challenging, both for the men and women living with the condition and for their loved ones. At West Tennessee Neurology in Bartlett and Dyersburg, Tennessee, Salman Saeed, MD, FAAPM, is highly skilled in treating memory loss and associated conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is searching for an effective way to manage dementia, book a consultation to sit down and discuss your unique set of needs with neurologist Dr. Saeed. Online scheduling is available, or you can contact the office by phone to set up your visit.
Dementia is not a single condition, but a term used to describe the symptoms connected to memory loss and cognitive decline. There are several forms of dementia, and multiple symptoms, including:
Dementia symptoms tend to worsen over time. For many men and women, minor issues with short-term memory and reasoning skills are easy to overlook or chalk up to a busy lifestyle. Over time, however, these issues become more noticeable.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease affects 16.1 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation.
Your risk for Alzheimer’s disease increases as you age, but Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. In fact, nearly 200,000 men and women under 65 are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Approximately 60%-80% of dementia cases are connected to Alzheimer’s. There is currently no cure for the disease, and symptoms gradually grow more pronounced as the disease progresses. Treatments can help slow progression of the disease, giving you improved quality of life and enhancing your independence.
Dr. Saeed creates a customized treatment plan for every man and women in his care. Treating Alzheimer’s is easier and more effective when your family is involved in your care plan and can provide the support and assistance needed.
Medications might play a role in your care. Drugs like memantine and donepezil can help with memory loss. Medications come with a risk of side effects and drug interactions, however, which is why it’s so important to discuss all of your medications and supplements with Dr. Saeed early in your treatment process.
Behavior-modifying treatments can also help manage Alzheimer’s. This is an area where loved ones can really make a difference. Creating a calm, soothing, non-confrontational living environment can go a long way toward reducing the anxiety that many Alzheimer’s patients experience. Enhancing sleep is another important area of focus.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of dementia, don’t delay seeking care. Schedule an appointment online to meet with Dr. Saeed for a thorough diagnostic exam.