Dementia and its effects are becoming commonplace in our lifetime, significantly so. Statistics regarding the prevalence of dementia document that it doubles every 5 years, beginning with 1% of the 60 year old population, increasing to and culminating with 32% of the 85 years and older population. The ideal is to diagnose early and research suggests that we are ten years too late. At United Psychological Services we have shown in our research that a difference can be made at any time, however the greatest improvement is seen when the diagnosis and intervention takes place at the earliest sign. There is so much that we can do to increase the potential for graceful aging.
Dementia is the general term used for a number of diseases and disorders affecting brain in the aging population. The largest proportion of diagnosed dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which represents up to 90% of dementia in the United States.
However, there are three other types of common dementia that may require distinctly different medical treatment: Cardiovascular/ Frontotemporal dementia, Frontal Lobe, and Lewy Body dementia. Early and accurate diagnosis is essential to the best prognosis and can be the answer to graceful aging. Inaccurate diagnosis for certain types of dementia can be a devastating and costly mistake.
At United Psychological Services we can:
- Ensure an accurate diagnosis using neuropsychological evaluation to separate out the various forms of possible dementia.
- Provide accurate diagnosis early in the disease progression to effect the best possible outcome through medical and brain/cognitive training interventions.
- Provide behavioral plans for treatment of the emotional problems sometimes associated with different types of dementia.
- Support and guide family members in planning for the future of the aged person.
- Potentially reduce or eliminate costly expenses for the individual and/or their family by extending the ability to live independently.
- Provide a specific, individualized treatment program based upon the type of thinking problems identified in our assessment. This program is offered on-site as well as in the home setting. It has been quite successful in improving brain processes; especially memory and problem solving skills as evidenced in post-treatment evaluation. This program has proven helpful over time to aged individuals, particularly those diagnosed with dementia, experience graceful aging. For more information, please see: Brain/Cognitive Training.