Dementia Care

Mount Nittany Health specializes in treating many forms of dementia, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lewy body disease
  • Early-onset dementia
  • Other forms of dementia, including those caused by Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease

Diagnosis: Dementia can be diagnosed by evaluating a patient’s physical and mental signs and symptoms. Cognitive testing is usually performed. Additional testing includes:

  • CT Scans, MRI Scans, PET Scans
  • Lab tests
  • Neuro psychiatric evaluation

Treatment: Mount Nittany Health Neurologists provide treatment plans based on the individual patient’s needs. These treatments can improve symptoms and increase quality of life:

  • Medications
  • Physical and Occupational therapy

Risk Factors: There are a variety of risk factors that can cause an increased risk of developing dementia. Some risk factors cannot be changed and include:

  • Age
  • Down syndrome
  • Alcohol use
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Diet and exercise
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes

To learn more about dementia care options talk to your primary care physician or click on the appropriate program link below: