Alzheimer’s disease and
other dementias are
Dementia is a complex disease that needs a personalized treatment approach.
At Novant Health, our dedicated care team has extensive experience diagnosing and caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our goal is to give you or your loved one an accurate diagnosis and provide comprehensive, personalized care to help you and your family cope with the condition and maximize quality of life.
What is dementia?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a large class of neurological symptoms involving difficulty with daily functioning. To have dementia, you must have difficulty with at least two brain functions such as memory loss and impaired language. Dementia can cause:
- Memory loss
- Personality and behavior changes
Some causes of dementia are treatable and even reversible. Some causes of dementia include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lewy body dementia
- Vascular dementia
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause, destroys connections between brain cells, causing decline in thinking, memory and social skills. If you experience difficulty performing routine mental tasks, such as balancing a checkbook, or if you begin to get lost in familiar settings, you may want to schedule an appointment with one of our trained specialists for an evaluation.
Other diseases may have similar symptoms, so early diagnosis and treatment are important for preserving your abilities and maximizing your quality of life. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but treatments may help relieve cognitive and behavioral symptoms.
Other causes of dementia, some of which are reversible, include:
- Brain injury
- Metabolic imbalances in blood sugar
- Sodium imbalances
- Low levels of vitamin B12
- Long-term alcohol abuse
- Multiple sclerosis
- Lyme’s disease
The dedicated care team at Novant Health is focused on providing the support you and your family need to cope with this life-changing illness.