What if I think I have dementia?
Looking right at your neighbor and just cannot remember her name?
Mom got lost in her own back yard?
If you are over 50, you have started paying attention to little gaps in your recall. Maybe a parent is changing is worrisome ways.
Most of us know that age- related cognitive decline is common. We are uncomfortably aware that the incidence of Alzheimer’s dementia is increasing dramatically. An estimated 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s dementia. By mid-century, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s dementia in the United States is expected to be 13.8 million, with the aging of the baby boom generation. In 2018, more than 16 million family members and other unpaid caregivers provided an estimated 18.5 billion hours of care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
No one wants to suffer the loss of connection, the absence of joy that all forms of dementia bring.
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WHEN TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Is it happening to you, or a loved one? What can be done? COME SEE US AT NATURA HEALTH AND WELLNESS! and we can help you sort that out.
There is currently no known cure for the damage to brain cells that results in dementia.
We do know how to slow the process, delay the progression and preserve quality of life.
There is great hope for prevention, as well. Naturopathic physicians at Natura Health and Wellness excel at enhancing your capacities to prevent unnecessary decline.
WHY CHOOSE A NATUROPATHIC APPROACH
Knowledge is key, as well as support for your capacity to change. At Natura Health and Wellness, our doctors are teachers. We know you want to understand what is happening, and what you can do about it. When it comes to dementia, the earlier in life we learn what’s required, the more likely we will be able to incorporate habits and choices that minimize age-related cognitive losses. WE CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BRAIN!
At Natura Health and Wellness, we have the tools and experience to assess your current status, your future risk, and how your daily habits are problematic or protective when it comes to developing dementia.
WHY IS IT DIFFERENT?
Naturopathic physicians are the premier experts in preventative medicine. Why wait until damage is impacting quality of life? We do not develop dementia because of a deficiency of prescription drugs. At Natura Health and Wellness, we will guide you to life-enhancing natural medicines and behavior choices that protect your body, mind and spirit as you age.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
At your first appointment for cognitive decline assessment, we will listen to your experiences, and note what your personal priorities are. You will learn how we determine your genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and what elements of your health history may impact your risk. You will leave your first appointment with a plan for investigating in detail through lab testing and quick, easy memory checks, what elements of your nutrition and daily habits can be adjusted to your advantage. You will also leave with immediate action steps, a list of things you can do, starting immediately, to begin to address what you may already be grappling with, and all that you wish to avoid in the future. Follow up testing provides feedback on effectiveness, and facilitates on-going optimizing your plan of care
What if it’s your parent you are concerned about, or someone already suffering a significant decline? Come in, and let us help you determine a realistic, do-able approach to optimizing your family’s experience with a beloved in decline. Care-giving is a family affair, and care-givers need support as much as the person effected by memory loss.
WHAT MIGHT A TREATMENT PLAN INCLUDE?
Naturopathic medicine offers individualized solutions for brain cell health from a global perspective, incorporating botanical medicines and cutting-edge nutritional elements that show promise in new research, as well as treatments proven by long use in traditional practices.
At Natura Health and Wellness our naturopathic physicians have decades of experience offering safe, effective and cost-effective and personalized treatment. Let us help you sort the substantial evidence from the hype, and make the most of your family’s functional time together. You do not have to be collateral damage in a long battle with brain death. We can support care-givers to maintain their own mental and physical well-being while on this difficult road.
AT NATURA HEALTH AND WELLNESS, WE VALUE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE
Cognitive decline requires diagnosis by a medical specialist in neurology. Many essential services for folks experiencing cognitive decline will require a relationship with a neurologist. If you are not yet established and need neurological services, your naturopathic physician at Natura Health and Wellness will assist with an appropriate referral. We value the assessment and treatments offered by our medical colleagues and will participate actively to inform your health care team regarding our contributions to your care.
Dr. Dunne has been treating families in all life stages with natural medicines, for over 30 years. She has recent experience assisting hundreds of families with patients at end of life, a significant portion of whom struggled with dementia. She is certified to administer and score the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a structured assessment tool designed for primary care physicians in clinical practice. The MoCA has superior ratings for sensitivity and specificity in predicting risk for developing dementia. Dr. Dunne uses this inexpensive tool for initial assessment and at intervals to assess treatment efficacy.
Come in, start the conversation. At Natura Health and Wellness, we can help you ease your mind.