Alzheimer's Psychiatrists Denton TX

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease (A.D.), a progressive, degenerative, terminal disorder that gradually damages and destroys nerve cells in the brain.

Longacre Chiropractic
(469) 549-1810
1432 Underwood
Denton , TX

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The Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Cente
(940) 484-6336
4845 I-35 E
Denton, TX

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American Family Chiropractic
(940) 343-5969
1640 W Chapman Dr # 300
Sanger, TX

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Highland Chiropractic
(972) 539-5050
3131 Cross Timbers Rd # 120
Flower Mound, TX

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Pederson Chiropractic
(469) 461-2933
3355 Long Prairie Rd
Flower Mound, TX

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Complete Foot and Ankle Care of North Texas
(940) 300-3054
3319 Unicorn Lake Blvd
Denton, TX

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Damien M. Dauphinee, DPM
(940) 300-3054
3319 Unicorn Lake Blvd.
Denton, TX
Complete Foot and Ankle Care of North Texas,
Podiatry, Peripheral Nerve Surgery - Foot/Ankle Wound Management - Foot/Ankle
Insurance Plans Accepted: Medicare, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Aetna, United HealthCare and most other major medical insurance plans.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: North Texas Hospital ( ranked #7 in the state by leading consumer magazine).
Residency Training: Podiatric Surgical Residency Training 1996-1999
Medical School: Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 1996
Additional Information
Member Organizations: Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Fellow, Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons Fellow, American Professional Wound Care Association Fellow, College of Certified Wound Specialists President Elect, Texas Podiatric Medical Associatio
Awards: Merit Award, Texas Podiatric Medical Association 2008 Young Practitioner of the Year, Texas Podiatric Medical Association 2006
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Family Care Chiropractic & Wellness Center
(972) 420-0083
1681 FM 407
Flower Mound, TX

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Lowery Family Chiropractic
(972) 217-8299
1025 Long Prairie Rd; Suite#200
Flower Mound , TX

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Ford Wellness and Rehab
(817) 224-2304
2003 E Hwy 114
Roanoke, TX

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Dementia: The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis

Dementia--The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis and the Qualified Specialists to Make It

Being able to retrieve information stored in memory becomes more difficult as we age, but recent memory loss so severe that it interferes with an individual's daily functioning is not part of the normal aging process. It is a symptom of dementia, a gradual decline of intellectual functions such as remembering, thinking and reasoning. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease (A.D.), a progressive, degenerative, terminal disorder that gradually damages and destroys nerve cells in the brain.

Although a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's can only be made by analyzing the brain on autopsy following death, current methods of evaluation by qualified doctors specializing in the care of senior adults can make a diagnosis of Alzheimer's 90% accurate. Other diseases that can cause similar symptoms can be ruled out in the process and treated.

What Should Be Included in an Evaluation?
It is important that the person suspected of having Alzheimer’s disease undergo a thorough physical, psychiatric, and neurological evaluation so that reversible conditions such as thyroid disease, metabolic problems, depression, adverse drug reactions, head injuries, etc. can be ruled out or treated.

There is no single diagnostic test for Alzheimer's, but physicians specializing in the care of the geriatric/elderly patient can reliably diagnose the disease with a series of evaluations and tests:

  • Medical evaluation and family interviews—a detailed report from the patient and family member including observable changes and current symptoms.
  • Physical exam including lab tests to identify health problems such as thyroid, vitamin deficiencies and diabetes that might be responsible for symptoms.
  • Neurological exam including an EEG, an MRI and/or CT scan.
  • Neuropsychological testing and mental status examinations which assess reasoning, word-finding skills, writing ability, abstract thinking and cognitive skills.

Who Should Do the Evaluation?
Most senior adults prefer to rely on the physicians they have been seeing for their medical needs for many years. But their doctor may not have the knowledge of current advances in evaluation tools, medications, and treatments that physicians who specialize in care of the geriatric patient, and in memory problems/Alzheimer’s disease in particular, do.

Physicians who specifically work with older adults may be:

  • Family and Internal Medicine physicians with a geriatric specialty
  • Geriatric Psychiatrists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Neurologists with a specialty in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

If your family physician is not familiar with specialists in your area, your local Area Agency on Aging and Alzheimer's Association may be able to make recommendations.

Although there is no prevention or cure for Alzheimer's, early detection can allow the family and the individual time to plan for the futu...

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