Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. For support and natural treatment options if you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s symptoms, see the team at The Wellness Institute of Dallas. Based in Dallas, The Wellness Institute approach utilizes functional medicine and functional neurology to support brain health. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an Alzheimer’s consultation today.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior. The earliest sign of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information. Other signs of Alzheimer’s include:
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease with no known cure, but treatment can help manage the side effects and improve quality of life.
Researchers believe Alzheimer’s occurs when brain cells don’t function properly and eventually die. Two abnormal structures in the brain called plaques and tangles are believed to be responsible for cell failure and death. Plaques and tangles build up around and within brain cells, preventing those cells from functioning normally.
Over time, brain cells malfunction and die off. Plaques and tangles appear in normal brains as part of the aging process, though they occur in much higher numbers and in specific patterns in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs of Alzheimer’s, it’s important to be tested and diagnosed properly. In some cases, medications or other health issues may cause memory problems and should be ruled out so you can receive proper treatment.
To diagnose Alzheimer’s, the team conducts a consultation, physical exam, neurological exam, mental status tests, and orders any additional blood work or imaging that may be beneficial. During your visit, they ask you a series of questions about your overall health, memory, and symptoms. They also assess your physical health and function using orthopedic tests.
Based on your assessment, they determine your diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan to support your overall health and well-being.
While Alzheimer’s can’t be cured, treatments are available to improve your quality of life through nutritional counseling, supplementation, and lifestyle support. The team may use functional medicine or functional neurology to support the health of your brain and help you develop habits or strategies to support your memory.
Learn more about the care options for Alzheimer’s disease at The Wellness Institute of Dallas by calling the office or scheduling a visit online today.