Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a symptom that is caused by some other condition. The causes of dementia can vary, because there are different types of brain changes (i.e., pathology) in different regions of the brain. The underlying reasons for the brain changes for most types of neurodegenerative dementias are unknown. Some forms of dementia can be treated and reversed, but others cannot. Therefore, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis so that the best plan can be made.
Types of Dementia
The most common causes of neurodegenerative dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease, frontal temporal lobe dementia, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Lewy-body dementia. It is not uncommon to have mixed dementia, which is a combination of two or more disorders, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease and vascular.
Care Team Approach
Our clinic uses an interprofessional approach, which means our patients have contact with multiple team members coming from multiple specialties. Our team includes specialists in neurology, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology, nursing, clinical social work and speech and language pathology. We discuss each patient as a team to identify the diagnosis and to develop a tailored treatment plan specific to your needs. Whatever your needs are, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
About the Comprehensive Memory Center
The UT Health Austin Comprehensive Memory Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences serves patients and families who are living with neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions. Our mission is to put patients and their loved ones at the center and to guide them through the diagnostic process and care journey. We want to help you live your best life, have hope and know that you are not alone. Call 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment online.