Dementia

Specialists at IU Health can help you manage your symptoms

Dementia refers to a group of diseases that affect the brain and cause memory loss and difficulty with communicating and thinking. Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center specialists use sophisticated technology to diagnose dementia and provide innovative treatment to manage it.

Some of the diseases that cause dementia include:

Symptoms

Common symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory loss, especially short-term memory
  • Difficulty finding the right words to say in everyday language
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Slower reasoning and comprehension
  • Confusion

If you have dementia, you want the best possible care possible to help you preserve your memory and ability to think, speak and reason.

IU Health takes a team approach to your care. Your team includes neurologists, neuroradiologists and neuropsychologists. Together, our experts provide complete, compassionate care and support for you.

Understanding Dementia

Some of the diseases that cause dementia include:

Symptoms

Common symptoms of dementia include:

  • Memory loss, especially short-term memory
  • Difficulty finding the right words to say in everyday language
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Slower reasoning and comprehension
  • Confusion

If you have dementia, you want the best possible care possible to help you preserve your memory and ability to think, speak and reason.

IU Health takes a team approach to your care. Your team includes neurologists, neuroradiologists and neuropsychologists. Together, our experts provide complete, compassionate care and support for you.

Through collaboration with Indiana University School of Medicine , the dementia team works to improve treatment options and discover better diagnostic and risk factors for earlier treatment. While no cure for dementia exists, you can improve your symptoms of dementia with:

  • Daily exercise
  • A diet high in vitamin D, vegetables, fruits and Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Doing puzzles and memory games
  • Avoiding alcohol and other substances

Your physician may also prescribe one of several medications that can temporarily help boost memory and judgment.

What are Treatment Options for Dementia?

Through collaboration with Indiana University School of Medicine , the dementia team works to improve treatment options and discover better diagnostic and risk factors for earlier treatment. While no cure for dementia exists, you can improve your symptoms of dementia with:

  • Daily exercise
  • A diet high in vitamin D, vegetables, fruits and Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Doing puzzles and memory games
  • Avoiding alcohol and other substances

Your physician may also prescribe one of several medications that can temporarily help boost memory and judgment.

Patient Stories for Dementia

Alz.org

This website provides information about Alzheimer's and other diseases of dementia, including care, support and research.

MedlinePlus

This is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. It has information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

Resources

Alz.org

This website provides information about Alzheimer's and other diseases of dementia, including care, support and research.

MedlinePlus

This is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. It has information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.