Dementia is the loss of brain function which affects memory, cognitive skills, behavior and speech. One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a condition which causes a progressive decline in brain function.
Dementia can also be caused by other conditions such as:
- Neurodegenerative diseases including multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease
- Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
- Infections such as HIV/AIDS and Lyme disease
- Brain cancers
- Brain damage as a result of stroke
At Scripps, our neurologists know that dementia affects both patients and their loved ones. Our neurologists will work with you to find the right drug therapies to minimize symptoms and improve quality of life.
In addition, support groups and classes are available for those caring for a loved one with dementia.