Diagnosing and Treating Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
About Memory Care
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior, interfering with daily tasks over time. If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease, you'll be in good hands with Lee Health's Memory Care Program.
We interact with patients very early in the disease progression, when impairment is typically mild. Working together with a patient’s primary care physician, our Memory Care program ensures proper diagnosis and provides evaluations, treatment and family counseling.
We support both you and your family in managing Alzheimer's disease to help delay the onset of debilitating conditions that could lessen your independence.
When assessing memory loss, it is critical to have a complete evaluation to rule out any treatable conditions. A variety of manageable conditions—including stroke, vascular disease, toxins, nutritional deficiencies, infections and depression—can affect memory and cognition. These conditions vary from Alzheimer’s disease, which has symptoms that can be managed, but has no cure. A thorough evaluation by the Memory Care team of specialists—which includes geriatric providers and a neuropsychologist—can determine if dementia is a factor in behavioral issues
Diagnosing Alzheimer Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed locally through our Memory Care program—a state of Florida funded Memory Disorder Clinic. Memory Care utilizes a team approach to diagnosing memory impairment in the geriatric population of Southwest Florida.
The recommended standard evaluation includes:
- Medical, social and family history
- Physical examination
- Blood tests
- Neurological diagnosis (may require MRI, CT or PET scan)
- Neuropsychological testing
- Psychosocial assessment and planning
- Possible medication treatments
After diagnosis, treatment also involves a team approach. Once a plan of care is established and discussed with the patient and his or her caregiver, the Memory Care team sends results to the patient’s primary care physician and any other specialists on the patient’s care team. This ensures coordinated, efficient and effective care.
Our Memory Care team also provides patients and caregivers appropriate community resources and assists in aligning services specific to each patient’s situation.