Dementia Specialist

Suleman Lalani, MD -  - Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine

Suleman Lalani, MD

Internal Medicine & Geriatric Medicine located in Sugar Land, TX

Dementia isn’t simply forgetting where you left your keys, but a group of symptoms that affect your memory, as well as your social and cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and affects nearly 6 million adults in the United States. Suleman Lalani, MD, PA, in Sugar Land, Texas, is a geriatrician who specializes in the treatment and management of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and can provide the right treatment to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia refers to a loss of cognitive function and behavioral abilities affecting your everyday life. Dementia isn’t just forgetting someone’s name you met once or twice, it’s a condition that makes it difficult to problem solve or express yourself.

Dementia develops when nerve cells in your brain become damaged, which can occur from an underlying disease or lifestyle choice, such as heavy alcohol consumption.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

Dementia may cause a wide range of symptoms that can be both physical and psychological, and may depend on the area of the brain that’s been damaged. Symptoms of dementia may include:

  • Memory loss
  • Inability to find the right words
  • Difficulty with reasoning
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Hallucinations

Often these symptoms are noticed by a loved one. If you suspect your spouse or loved one has dementia, Dr. Lalani can help. Often symptoms that look like dementia are caused by an underlying health condition that can be treated.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive form of dementia that affects your memory, thinking, and behavior. It’s the most common cause of dementia.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Lapses in memory
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Impaired judgment or reasoning
  • Difficulty word-finding or spatial/vision difficulties

In most people, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease generally develop around age 65. You should seek help immediately once you start noticing symptoms so you can get treatment that may help manage the disease and its symptoms.

How is dementia diagnosed?

Dr. Lalani specializes in the medical management of the older population and performs a thorough examination to determine if you or your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to a physical exam, Dr. Lalani may also conduct cognitive and neurological examinations to assess mental capacity, and look for the specific characteristics that are common in people with dementia, such as changes in behavior and thinking.

A brain scan, blood tests, and psychological exams may also be recommended.

How is dementia treated?

In most cases, dementia can’t be cured. Dr. Lalani focuses his treatment on managing the underlying cause and various symptoms. Treatment for you or your loved one with dementia may include:

  • Medication
  • Occupational therapy
  • Lifestyle modification

Dr. Lalani has devoted his career to helping the elderly live healthy, fulfilling lives and works closely with you to create a treatment plan that provides the most benefits for you or your loved one.

To learn more about dementia or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Lalani’s office today or request an appointment online.