Dementia Specialist

Grace Medical

Alice Amah Ajim, MD

Internal Medicine located in Houston, TX

Contrary to popular belief, dementia isn’t an inevitable part of aging. Dementia is actually a group of diseases that cause impaired cognitive function. At Grace Medical, conveniently located in Downtown and Southeast Houston, Alice Amah Ajim, MD, offers diagnosis and treatments to slow the progression of dementia and help you lead a healthy, fulfilling life. If you’re concerned about dementia, call Grace Medical or schedule a consultation online today.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia describes a group of diseases causing a decline in memory and other cognitive skills, such as:

  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication and language
  • Attentiveness
  • Visual perception

Dementia usually develops gradually, and in many cases, the symptoms become severe enough to interfere with your ability to perform your regular daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent type of dementia. 

Another common type of dementia is vascular dementia, which develops after a stroke. Other conditions that can cause dementia symptoms include vitamin deficiencies and thyroid problems. 

What causes dementia?

Dementia develops when nerve cells in your brain stop working. Neuron loss is part of aging, but if you have dementia, you lose significantly more neurons than average. 

Medical researchers have identified how neuron loss in certain regions of your brain causes dementia symptoms. However, they haven’t identified a precise reason why some people develop dementia and others don’t. 

What are the warning signs of dementia?

Dementia symptoms usually develop gradually. Some of the signs of dementia include:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Problems planning or solving problems
  • Getting confused about time or place
  • Trouble completing familiar tasks 
  • Decreased writing and speaking skills
  • Not understanding visual information
  • Frequently misplacing items
  • Changes in personality or mood
  • Social withdrawal

You may not notice these changes in yourself. Often a loved one, such as a spouse or child, sees the early warning signs of dementia first. If your family is concerned about you, make an appointment at Grace Medical. 

How is dementia treated?

Grace Medical provides cognitive screenings and refers you for brain scans and lab tests to confirm your diagnosis. When your doctor completes the assessment of your health and needs, your doctor works with you to implement a customized treatment plan.

While some types of dementia are progressive and have no known cure, your provider can prescribe medication to slow or stop the progression of the disease. Additionally, the team can help you implement strategies at home to help you maintain your routines and independence. 

Your doctor takes a patient-focused, integrative approach to medicine and may also recommend complementary therapies and lifestyle modifications to improve your overall health and dementia symptoms. For example, they may suggest dietary changes, mental activities to exercise your brain, and therapy.

If you’re concerned about dementia, call Grace Medical today or make an appointment online.