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At Neurology Consultants of Houston, we recognize the impact Alzheimer’s can have on individuals and their loved ones. To help you navigate this complex condition, our board-certified neurologists are well-versed in the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Partner with us for innovative therapies, compassionate support, and integrative care in Houston, TX.

Alzheimer's Disease Care and Treatment in Houston, TX

What Is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that results in damage to the brain cells, altering the way one thinks, speaks, and interacts. Alzheimer’s is the primary cause of dementia, referring to a collection of brain conditions that cause cognitive decline, including memory loss. Furthermore, in adults over 65, this condition is the fifth leading cause of death.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease comes on gradually, making it challenging to tell apart from age-related cognitive decline in the early stages. It is most common in adults over 60. However, early onset Alzheimer’s may begin as early as 40. While there is no cure, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be controlled and prolonged with prompt neurological intervention.

Detecting Signs of Alzheimer’s

Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease typically causes a person to experience episodes of confusion. However, other conditions or events may spark confusion, making Alzheimer’s challenging to detect. At Neurology Consultants of Houston, we recommend scheduling a neurological assessment if you or a loved one experiences an abrupt onset of confusion or other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a wide spectrum of symptoms. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may vary depending on the stage of the condition but may include:

  • Disruptive memory loss
  • Trouble with decision-making and/or problem-solving
  • Challenges completing basic/familiar tasks
  • Time and/or spacial confusion
  • Difficulty finding words when writing/speaking
  • Impaired judgment
  • Socially withdrawn behavior
  • Mood/personality changes

Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

As Alzheimer’s progresses, the symptoms become more frequent and disruptive to daily life. Individuals with Alzheimer’s may become lost in familiar places and withdraw from their hobbies, work, or loved ones. In the advanced stages, it is common to become restless or agitated, particularly in the afternoon, due to a symptom known as sundowning.

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease has no known cause. In fact, research suggests that there may be several causes, making it difficult to diagnose unless the patient is deceased, as it can be detected with an autopsy. At Neurology Consultants of Houston, we diagnose Alzheimer’s based on symptoms, brain imaging scans, biomarkers, mental function assessments, and, in some cases, genetic testing.

Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

There is no definitive cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment is focused on alleviating and/or mitigating worsening symptoms to promote a greater quality of life. Alzheimer’s disease treatment is multifaceted, including medications, counseling, and various therapies developed and overseen by a neurologist, social worker, and geriatric psychologist.

Alzheimer’s Disease Medication

Alzheimer’s disease medication addresses various aspects of the patient’s cognitive condition. Medications such as memantine and a cholinesterase inhibitor may be used in conjunction with antidepressants to manage behavioral challenges. In addition, lifestyle modifications and environmental alterations are often recommended, as well as resources and education for the patient’s loved ones and caregivers.

Managing Alzheimer’s Disease With Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is proven effective in controlling Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Studies demonstrate that physical therapy contributes to enhanced memory and can delay the onset of cognitive decline that hinders a person’s ability to complete daily activities. A physical therapist can develop an adaptable plan that evolves as the patient’s abilities change and symptoms progress.

Compassionate Care With Neurology Consultants of Houston

Proactive intervention is paramount in managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. As leaders in neurological care, Neurology Consultants of Houston, P.A is your partner in diagnosing and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. With personalized treatment plans and compassionate, hands-on guidance, our focus is to enhance your quality of life and comfort.

Learn More About Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment With Our Experts

If you or a loved one is navigating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Neurology Consultants of Houston is here to provide you with the personalized care you need. Partner with our trusted neurologists to access comprehensive resources and tailored treatment plans. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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