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Alzheimer's & dementia

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Alzheimer’s disease and
other types of memory
loss are life-changing

Dementia is a complex disease. That’s why treatment needs to be personalized. Getting help early is an important first step.

At Novant Health, our dedicated care team has extensive experience diagnosing and caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Some causes of memory loss are treatable and even reversible. Our goal is to give you or your loved one comprehensive, individual care to help you and your family maximize your quality of life.

Learn about Novant Health Memory Care Clinic

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term for changes in the brain that make daily activities more difficult. The condition may be diagnosed when you begin to lose at least two brain functions, such as memory and language skills. Dementia can cause:

  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Personality and behavior changes

Types of dementia include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Vascular dementia

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, destroys connections between brain cells, creating a decline in thinking, memory and social skills. If you begin to have difficulty with routine mental tasks such as balancing a checkbook, or if you begin to get lost in familiar settings, you may want to schedule an evaluation with one of our trained specialists.

Other diseases may have similar symptoms, so early diagnosis and treatment are important for preserving your abilities and maximizing your quality of life. Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but treatments may help relieve cognitive and behavioral symptoms.

Other causes of memory loss, include:

  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Tumors
  • Imbalances in blood sugar
  • Sodium imbalances
  • Low levels of vitamin B12
  • Long-term alcohol abuse

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.