Dementia

Family Medicine & Urgent Care in Grand Blanc, MI

Dementia
Dementia services offered in Grand Blanc, MI

Dementia is a distressing condition for patients and their families, causing long-term mental and physical decline. Michael Zielinski, DO, and Steven Galliway, PA-C, of Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care in Grand Blanc, Michigan, understand how devastating dementia can be. They offer evaluations of dementia symptoms and specialized therapy, including the Bredesen Protocol® for dementia prevention and treatment. To find out more, call Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.

Dementia Q&A

What is dementia?

Dementia is a term for disorders that cause life-changing effects on brain functions like memory and concentration. Leading causes of dementia include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Frontotemporal disorders
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Vascular dementia

These conditions are forms of primary dementia. They cause progressive and incurable symptoms. Some medical conditions, including hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland) and kidney disease, can also cause dementia. But in these cases, dementia improves after you get treatment for the underlying condition.

What symptoms does dementia cause?

Memory loss is one of the defining symptoms of dementia, but there are many other cognitive, psychological, and behavioral effects. These include:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Loss of coordination
  • Communication difficulties
  • Loss of problem-solving skills
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Personality changes
  • Inappropriate and out-of-character behaviors
  • Loss of planning and organizational skills
  • Anger and agitation
  • Delusions and hallucinations

The earliest sign of dementia is often memory problems, particularly retaining new memories. However, becoming forgetful is also a common sign of aging and a symptom of many other conditions, including fibromyalgia, menopause, and thyroid disease. 

It’s important to visit Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care for a proper assessment.

Dementia symptoms worsen over time. Problems like difficulty talking, hallucinations, and aggression develop in the later stages of the disease. Eventually, patients can lose motor function and even the ability to swallow.

How is dementia treated?

As primary dementia is incurable, the doctors at Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care focus on slowing the disease’s progression and reducing your symptoms. Medications called cholinesterase inhibitors can help mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and might also help with other forms of dementia.

Medications that can treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease include NMDA (N-Methyl-D-aspartate) antagonists. These medicines help patients with Alzheimer’s disease continue with daily living activities longer than they could without medication.

If you have vascular dementia, your treatment promotes blood vessel health. That means lowering your blood pressure and reducing your cholesterol levels, both of which may require medication.

Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care also uses functional medicine approaches like the Bredesen Protocol to help patients with dementia.

How does the Bredesen Protocol help with dementia?

The Bredesen Protocol aims to prevent and reverse the cognitive decline that develops from dementia. It involves optimizing your health through diet and lifestyle changes, supplements, hormone balancing, toxin removal, and treating underlying health problems.

Dr. Zielinski is a Bredesen ReCODE practitioner. He understands how devastating dementia can be, not just for the affected person but for their family and friends.

If you’re experiencing memory loss or other dementia symptoms, call Integrative Family Medicine and Urgent Care today or book an appointment online.