Neurology

Dementia: A new era in diagnosis and treatment

To help support clinical decision-making, a growing number of healthcare centers are adopting a multi-disciplinary team approach. Psychiatrists, neurologists, radiologists, and other clinical specialists meet to review cases.
7 min
Peter Jaret
Published on December 13, 2021

One of the most devastating disorders associated with aging, dementia causes a progressive loss of the ability to think, remember, and reason. Early disease stages may cause only minor memory lapses and difficulty paying attention. But over time, it can rob patients of speech, movement, and even the capacity to recognize loved ones. Eventually, the underlying disease can prove fatal.

In their anamnesis, physicians must rely on family members such as a spouse or adult child.

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Age is the most important risk factor for dementia.
A variety of different tests may be performed to diagnose dementia.

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As new therapeutic approaches for dementia become available, clinicians may be able to use diagnostic data biomarkers to optimize therapies.

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By Peter Jaret
Peter Jaret is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and other publications. He is the author of several books, including Nurse: A World of Care (Emory Press) and Impact: From the Frontlines of Global Health (National Geographic).