Dementia often develops late in life and may affect up to 50% of people by the time they reach age 85. At internal medicine practice Socrates A. Garrigos, MD, PA, in McAllen, Texas, board-certified physician Socrates A. Garrigos, MD, and his team are experts in geriatric care, specializing in diagnosing and treating dementia. Though you can’t prevent dementia, the right treatment can help manage symptoms. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about a dementia diagnosis and treatment.
Having a hard time recalling a person’s name doesn’t mean you have dementia. Some memory loss is expected as you get older. Dementia affects mental function, causing a change in multiple areas.
A person with dementia may experience challenges in two or more of the following:
Dementia isn’t a specific disease, but a term that describes a decline in mental state. Though your risk of dementia increases as you get older, not everyone develops it.
Dementia develops from diseases or infections that damage the areas of the brain that play a role in learning, memory, decision-making, or language. Some of the more common causes include:
No single test can diagnose dementia. The team at Socrates A. Garrigos, MD, PA, conducts a thorough evaluation for patients who are showing signs and symptoms of dementia. The evaluation may include:
The team may also order a psychiatric evaluation to check for mental health conditions that may cause changes in memory such as depression.
Treatment for dementia depends on the underlying cause. The team at Socrates A. Garrigos, MD, PA, customizes treatment plans, providing therapies that help with symptom management.
They can also talk to caregivers, providing them with resources that support the well-being of their loved one.
Call Socrates A. Garrigos, MD, PA, today or schedule an appointment online.