There is no single test to diagnose dementia, that’s why the specialists at OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute perform an extensive review of a patient's history. This is coupled with a physical and neurological exam, which assess memory and thinking skills.
The most common cause of dementia in older patients is Alzheimer’s, but there are also other brain disorders responsible for dementia and we explore those too. A person may suffer from cognitive impairment due to depression, drug interaction or thyroid problems. If detected early, these causes can be reversed. Our team is your team and they will determine a diagnosis while considering every factor in your case.
While there is not currently a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and most types of dementia, early detection allows therapy to begin and thus slow down the progression of memory and cognitive loss. There are a number of medications currently approved for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Your team of specialists will discuss all the options available and together you will determine the best treatment for you.