It can be alarming when you or a loved one starts experiencing signs of memory loss. Memory problems and other declines in your cognitive function (thinking and reasoning skills) aren’t just part of aging. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are neurological conditions that occur due to changes in your brain.
Dementia neurologists at Cleveland Clinic in Florida have vast experience caring for patients experiencing memory loss and other dementia symptoms. We evaluate and treat all patients, whether they have minimal symptoms or are in advanced stages of disease.
Although there’s no cure for dementia, we can offer skilled, compassionate treatments that maximize quality of life. We understand how memory issues affect your whole family and community and we are there for you every step of the way.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care: Why Choose Cleveland Clinic in Florida
When you choose Cleveland Clinic in Florida for dementia care, you benefit from:
- A patient-centered, empathetic approach: We believe in empowering you to make decisions about your care as much as possible. We prioritize involving you and your loved ones in decision-making, treating you with kindness and compassion.
- Skilled experts: Our dementia neurologists specialize in pinpointing memory issues and offering treatments to maximize your quality of life. We have years of experience in dementia diagnosis and treatment. Meet our team.
- Full range of diagnostic tools: Our neurologists complete detailed assessments using sophisticated diagnostic tools, including MRIs, electroencephalograms (EEGs), cerebrospinal fluid tests and neuropsychological and genetic tests. Using all these tests and tools allows us to make informed, accurate diagnoses that lead to effective treatment plans.
- Team-based approach: Multiple specialists, including dementia neurologists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and physical therapists, work together to care for you. The wide-ranging locations of specialists throughout the Florida region mean you have easy access to experts as needed.
Conditions Dementia Neurologists TreatOur dementia neurologists treat all diseases that cause issues with memory and cognitive function, from mild cognitive impairment to advanced conditions, including but not limited to:
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment
Your first visit with our Alzheimer’s disease and dementia treatment team includes a detailed intake and evaluation. We recommend bringing a trusted loved one to the visit who can help provide additional context or ask questions. We use multiple tests and tools to evaluate all factors that could contribute to memory loss, including:
- Conditions such as cancer, heart disease or stroke.
- Family history.
- Genetic mutations.
- Prior accidents or medical problems.
We then create a detailed, personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs and the root cause of your symptoms. This comprehensive plan may include:
- Lifestyle changes: Adjustments to your diet, physical activities or mental stimulation may improve your quality of life and lessen symptoms.
- Medications: No medicine can currently cure Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. But we may prescribe medications that can reduce memory loss symptoms or slow the disease’s progression.
- Neuro rehabilitation: You may benefit from working with a speech therapist, occupational therapist or physical therapist. These neuro rehabilitation experts provide strategies that can improve communication, swallowing, strength, motor skills and self-care management.
- Clinical trials: Researchers are learning more every day about how to treat these diseases. When appropriate, you may have access to new treatment options through clinical trials.
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Clinical Trials & Research
The Pauline Braathen Neurological Center is one of the clinical trial sites of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The Center is at the forefront of developing new treatment and diagnostic approaches for patients with cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. There are many different types of clinical trials, from interventional (which include pill, infusion, device, diagnostic approach) to non-interventional (which include observations and follow-up without active treatment). Please visit our clinical research page for more information.