Diagnosing and Treating Alzheimer's Online
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia among older people, is a progressive disease that causes a decline in memory and mental function. This occurs when brain cells degenerate and die.
There are a number of stages of Alzheimer’s. In early stages, one might have trouble remembering something they just read, making plans with friends and family, or asking the same question multiple times. As the disease progresses, other symptoms emerge, including forgetting details about one’s own life, forgetting what season it is, or losing track of his or her phone number. Symptoms of severe decline include having difficulty sitting up, walking, or eating.
Risk factors of developing Alzheimer’s include family history and genetics, down syndrome, mild cognitive impairment, past head trauma, and certain lifestyle choices including lack of exercise, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and lack of fruits and vegetables.
During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to Alzheimer’s. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for Alzheimer’s is different depending on the severity.
Options for treatment of Alzheimer’s may include:
- Cholinesterase inhibitors
- Memantine (Namenda)