Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias
Dementia is a term that is used for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, however there are several other forms of dementia including Vascular, Lewy Body, and other forms associated with other conditions like Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Learn more about dementia by visiting the MedlinePlus website.
Memory problems are one of many symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia; however these symptoms could also be associated with other health conditions.
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory problems, it is important to see a doctor immediately for a physical exam and to discuss any symptoms. Visit the National Institute of Health’s Diagnosing Dementia page to learn how dementia can be diagnosed.
Seeing a doctor is the first step you should take if you have memory loss or if you have concerns that you could have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
While there is no cure for some forms of dementia, like Alzheimer’s disease, there are drugs that can help reduce symptoms from getting worse and improve quality of life for those who are diagnosed.
Regular visits to a doctor or a specialist like a neurologist to monitor symptoms can help preserve daily function longer and can help family and friends better plan for the long-term care needs of the person afflicted with the disease.
With any diagnosis of a serious health condition, it’s important to consider getting a second or even a third opinion from a doctor or specialist who knows about dementia.
If you receive a diagnosis, the following checklist can help and better prepare you for the future.
The following organizations provide information, services, support and training to people whose lives have been afflicted by dementia.
- What is Brain Health?
- CDC Healthy Aging
- CDC The Healthy Brain Initiative
- National Institute on Aging - Alzheimer’s.gov
- The U.S. National Library of Medicine
- Alzheimer’s Association
Services and Support:
- Michigan Area Agencies on Aging
- Alzheimer's Association, Greater Michigan
- Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes
- Lewy Body Dementia Association
- American Parkinson Disease Association
- Huntington's Disease Society of America
- The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration