Neurology – Memory and Aging
Treating and Managing Dementia at All Stages and Ages
You can’t find your glasses — again. You called your granddaughter by your daughter’s name. You can’t remember why you walked into the living room. These common memory lapses might increase with age, but they usually aren’t signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
But if you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss that interferes with your life and relationships — such as forgetting how to do something you’ve done many times, getting lost in a familiar place or not being able to communicate effectively — it’s time for an evaluation from a team of memory and aging specialists.
Penn State Health’s team is here for you — with advanced diagnostics and the latest and most promising treatment options. We focus on outpatient care and support to keep you or your loved one living as fully, safely and comfortably as possible.
Most people think of dementia as memory loss, but it’s more than that. It affects thinking, remembering, reasoning and behavior. There are many types of dementia, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia
- Lewy body dementia, in which deposits of a specific protein affect chemicals in the brain
- Frontotemporal disorders resulting from damage to the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, the most common cause of dementia in those younger than 60
- Mixed dementia, a combination of two or more types
Some medications or other medical conditions can cause symptoms that may be similar to those of dementia. That’s why our team uses the most advanced diagnostics, including brain scans and other tests, to determine the true cause of your symptoms. Then we’ll create a treatment and management plan designed just for you and your family, and we’re with you every step of the way as your treatment and disease progress.
Advanced Treatment and Access to Clinical Trials
Treatment for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is rapidly evolving, and Penn State Health’s team is not only up to date, we’re helping to drive progress. Our team offers the latest and most advanced treatment options for all forms and stages of dementia. And because we are part of a university health center with an active research program, we can provide access to promising new treatments through clinical trials if you might benefit. We also train specialists and researchers who serve across the state and nation, and we’re constantly working to improve care for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia worldwide through basic and clinical research.
Caring for All of You
Because dementia can affect so many aspects of your life, we don’t just treat your memory loss or other symptoms. At Penn State Health, we care for all your needs — physical, mental, emotional and social. We’ll ensure you and your family know what to expect and how to deal with changes as they come. We work closely with referring physicians and primary care providers to ensure comprehensive, appropriate health care, and we can help you find all the services and resources you and your family need here, in the community and beyond.
Family and Caregiver Support
Family members and other caregivers play a critical role in caring for a loved one with dementia. We understand the challenges, stress and emotions caregivers face, and we can offer education and support to help make it easier. We’re here to answer your questions and address all your concerns, and we can help you find the support and services to help you care for your loved one — and yourself.