Do you or a loved one suffer from memory problems? It may be time to see a neurologist. Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition that affects not only the individual but the entire family as well. It often begins with forgetfulness but then progresses to other problems such as changes in behavior and speech, erratic sleep patterns, difficulty with taking care of themselves, and even forgetting other family members. Although there is no cure for the condition, we strive to optimize the patient’s treatment and stabilize their condition. It is also important to realize that not everyone with memory loss has Alzheimer’s. Many memory issues may be related to poor sleep, medications, stress, depression and anxiety, and a variety of other conditions. Therefore it is important to be evaluated by a neurologist.
When being evaluated for memory loss, it is essential for family members to accompany the patient. They provide information, which is very insightful to the neurologist. This gives us a much better picture of what is going on with the patient. Many patients with Alzheimer’s believe that they do not have any problems with their memory. Because of this, it is vital that family members work with the patient in terms of their treatment and care. By working closely with your loved one, you can make a big difference in their lives.