Andrew M. Lerman, MD
Adult Neurology & Epilepsy Specialist located in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Miami, FL
About five million adults 65 years of age older in the United States have dementia, a number that may more than double over the next 20 years. At Gables Neurology in Miami, Florida, Andrew Lerman, MD and the team take a comprehensive approach to the treatment of dementia. Dr. Lerman believes researchers are in the midst of a breakthrough in medication treatment that may prevent the cognitive decline that occurs with dementia. To schedule a consultation for you or a loved one, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
Dementia Q & A
What is dementia?
Dementia isn’t a specific disease but a general term that describes changes in a person’s memory, cognition, and social abilities that interferes with their ability to manage their day-to-day life.
Dementia is more common in older adults, but it’s not a normal part of the aging process. There are many conditions that cause dementia; however, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.
What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?
The signs and symptoms of dementia vary and may depend on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Hard time communicating
- Problems with reasoning or judgment
- Confusion and disorientation
- Difficulty handling complex tasks
- Changes in visual or spatial abilities
- Personality changes
- Depression or anxiety
- Inappropriate behavior
- Paranoia or hallucinations
If you or someone you love is showing signs of dementia, schedule a consultation at Gables Neurology. Some causes of dementia are treatable and reversible, such as nutritional deficiencies, especially when identified early.
How is dementia diagnosed?
Dr. Lerman and the team conduct comprehensive evaluations when you come in with concerns about dementia. No single test can diagnose dementia or the cause, and the team may conduct a series of tests to get the answers you need.
Dr. Lerman reviews your medical and family history, as well as your symptoms. He may talk to family members and caretakers to get a better sense of the history of your symptoms.
The team also conducts cognitive and neuropsychological testing to assess memory, orientation, judgment, and thinking. They also run blood work, brain scans, and perform a psychiatric evaluation.
How is dementia treated?
The team at Gables Neurology approaches dementia with a comprehensive style of care that involves counseling, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and family and caretaker support.
The team also has the privilege and opportunity to offer their dementia patients innovative treatments and therapies through their in-office clinical trials. For patients participating in the clinical trials, Dr. Lerman and the team provide close supervision and care.
Dr. Lerman believes researchers are in the midst of a breakthrough in medication that may prevent the cognitive decline that occurs with dementia.
To schedule a dementia consultation at Gables Neurology for you or your loved one, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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