Dementia is a group of disorders characterised by abnormal cognitive functions like memory loss, inattentiveness, behavioral disturbances and so on. Categorization of dementia is generally done based on the causes of these symptoms. Common causes that affect the brain leading to dementia are degenerative, infective, autoimmune, thyroid disorders and tumors. Degenerative dementias are particularly common and the most common condition in this category is Alzheimer’s disease.
The disease usually affects the elderly population and is slowly progressive. The symptoms of the disease is ignored by the patient in the initial stages and is mistaken for normal symptoms of ageing. It may take several months to years for the patient to consult the doctor from the onset of the symptoms.
Consultation with your neurologist can help you in making a proper diagnosis; identify and treat the reversible causes of dementia. After thorough evaluation is done and the diagnosis of degenerative dementia is made the patient is managed by a multidisciplinary team comprising of Neurologist, Neuro nutritionist and neurorehabilitition specialist. The goal of this comprehensive therapy is to improve the quality of life and mitigate the symptoms to the possible extent.