Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in Medellín

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Alzheimer’s is a general term that refers to the loss of cognitive functions, such as memory, language, orientation and reasoning ability. At MDE Care we have specialists dedicated to the evaluation and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, focused on making an early assessment that allows different therapies for the elderly to remain autonomous and functional as long as possible.

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects cognitive functions and memory. This neuronal degeneration leads to symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty in thinking and reasoning, changes in behavior and personality, as well as difficulties in performing daily activities.

As the disease progresses, symptoms gradually worsen, significantly affecting the patient’s quality of life and ability to function independently.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's

Family members are usually the ones who can appreciate the different symptoms of the disease, which can vary in severity and may include:

  • Memory loss that affects daily life, such as forgetting recent information or repeating the same questions.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks or completing everyday activities.
  • Confusion with time or place, disorientation even in familiar places.
  • Problems with language, such as difficulty finding words or following a conversation.
  • Changes in judgment or decision making.
  • Loss or decrease in common sense and ability to understand abstract concepts.
  • Changes in mood or personality, such as irritability, anxiety, depression, or apathy.
  • Difficulty following instructions or planning activities.
  • Problems with spatial vision or perception.
  • Withdrawal from social activities, work or hobbies.

How is the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease made?

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s involves several steps and once completed, the specialist will use all the information gathered to make an accurate assessment and develop an appropriate treatment plan:

Medical evaluation

The physician will conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient's medical history, symptoms, and current cognitive function. He or she will also perform physical and neurological tests to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.

Cognitive testing

Specific tests are used to assess cognitive function, memory, language and other mental abilities. The tests help detect patterns of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Laboratory tests

Blood tests are done to rule out other medical conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

Neuroimaging tests

Brain imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans, looks for changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's, such as brain atrophy or the presence of beta-amyloid plaques.

Neuropsychological evaluation

More detailed neuropsychological evaluations are done to assess cognitive function in different areas of the brain and to determine the severity of cognitive impairment.

What is the treatment for Alzheimer's disease?

Treatment for Alzheimer’s involves controlling symptoms and improving the patient’s quality of life through medication and non-drug treatment. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors may be prescribed to help improve cognitive symptoms and brain function.

Non-pharmacological therapies include occupational therapy, cognitive stimulation and physical exercise programs designed to maintain cognitive and physical function, as well as improve mood and quality of life.

It is important for family members to understand the problem in order to address it and provide a safe and supportive environment for the patient through routines to keep the patient busy and motivated, as well as not changing the home décor and integrating the patient into the family.

Why choose MDE Care?

By choosing MDE Care for Alzheimer’s treatment, you are opting for a comprehensive, patient-centered approach. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in the process of obtaining our Medical Facilitator certification, which ensures that our team is properly trained to provide specialized, compassionate care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

With personalized service, professionalism and empathy, at MDE Care we strive to deliver an exceptional Alzheimer’s care experience, prioritizing your well-being and satisfaction at all times.

MDE Care physicians have extensive experience and expertise in neurology. Specialists with an emphasis on working with older adults have the training and understanding to conduct Alzheimer’s assessment in a patient-friendly manner, using close, trust-building methodologies to facilitate the diagnostic and treatment process.

We are happy to announce that MDE Care is currently working to obtain certification as Medical Facilitators with Global Healthcare Accreditation.

Professionals at MDE Care

At MDECare, our team specializing in Alzheimer’s treatment recognizes the vital importance of every interaction with our patients. We strive to ensure that every visit to our specialists  is a positive and enriching experience. In addition to medical treatment, we provide emotional support and comprehensive care to improve the quality of life for those struggling with this disease and their loved ones.

  • Dr. Francisco Lopera Restrepo

Frequently asked questions about Alzheimer's diagnosis

No, senile dementia is a general term that describes an age-related cognitive decline in older people, while Alzheimer's is a specific, progressive form of dementia involving changes in the brain. While Alzheimer's is one of the most common causes of dementia in older people, there are other forms of dementia, such as vascular dementia or Lewy body dementia, which have distinct characteristics and require specific treatment approaches.

Caregivers and family members are encouraged to seek emotional and educational support through support groups, community resources and health care professionals specializing in Alzheimer's care. It is essential to take care of themselves, seek rest and respite when needed, and learn stress management techniques.

No, Alzheimer's is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and has no known cure. Although treatments exist to help control symptoms and improve the patient's quality of life, the disease will continue to progress over time. While some medications can slow the progression of the disease in some people, they cannot reverse the brain damage caused by Alzheimer's disease. It is important to provide compassionate support and comprehensive care to help maintain the patient's comfort and quality of life as the disease progresses.

Early symptoms of Alzheimer's may include recent memory loss, difficulty performing everyday tasks, changes in language, disorientation in time and place, trouble planning or problem solving, confusion with visual images, and changes in mood or personality. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, it is important to seek a complete medical evaluation to get an accurate diagnosis.

An early diagnosis of Alzheimer's is crucial because it provides access to treatments and therapies that can help slow the progression of the disease and improve the patient's quality of life. It also provides the opportunity to plan and make decisions about future care, including participation in clinical trials and implementation of appropriate management and support strategies.

You can support a loved one with Alzheimer's by offering understanding, patience and unconditional love. Establishing consistent routines, maintaining a safe and stimulating environment, and encouraging participation in meaningful activities can help maintain the patient's quality of life. Educating yourself about the disease and its challenges, seeking out support resources such as caregiver groups and specialized professionals, and providing ongoing emotional and physical support are essential. In addition, be sure to take care of yourself, seek help when needed and remember that every day is precious, regardless of the challenges that may arise.

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