Dementia is a general term for disorders that cause impairment of cognition and mental abilities severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. At Long Island Neurology Consultants, our board-certified physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and other types of cognitive impairment.
While two of the most common causes of dementia in the U.S. are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, there are many other conditions and causes of cognitive impairment in patients of every age group. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in the U.S. and presents with progressive memory impairment. Other causes of dementia include frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Patients with milder symptoms of cognitive dysfunction may be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). MCI can be caused by many etiologies in addition to early dementia including metabolic disorders, mood disorders and others.
When an individual exhibits symptoms of dementia, our physicians may recommend NeuroTrax BrainCare Cognitive testing, a computerized test that assesses whether an individual has cognitive impairment caused by a medical/neurological condition.
If you’re concerned about dementia or cognitive impairment in yourself or someone you care about, request an appointment with one of our board-certified physicians.