Dementia Specialist

Bharat Tolia, MD -  - Neurologist

Comprehensive Neurology

Bharat Tolia, MD

Neurologist located in Pontiac, MI

When memory problems are interfering with your life or a loved one’s life, help is available. Bharat Tolia, MD, is a talented neurologist who can help with dementia issues and the neurological conditions that cause them. To learn more about dementia and the treatment Dr. Tolia offers, call Comprehensive Neurology Headache and Sleep Center in Pontiac, Michigan, or schedule an appointment online.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia is a general term that describes a decline in cognitive ability. It is the result of damaged nerve cells in the brain.

Dementia causes a serious decline in mental capacity that interferes with daily life. To be considered dementia, at least two of the following areas must be significantly impaired:

  • Language and communication
  • Judgment and reasoning
  • Visual perception
  • The ability to focus and concentrate
  • Memory

Dementia is caused by other conditions; it isn’t a disease.

What causes dementia?

Many types of dementia are the result of progressive and chronic conditions like Parkinson’s disease. Other conditions that cause dementia include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Repetitive head trauma and brain injuries, such as a stroke or brain tumor, can also lead to different types of dementia. Additional risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing dementia include older age, a family history of dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and Down syndrome.

To reduce chances of developing dementia, work closely with your doctor to manage medical conditions like depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues. A healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and keeping your mind active and challenged can also help reduce your chances of dementia.

How is dementia diagnosed and treated?

To treat dementia, Dr. Tolia performs a variety of assessments to determine the cause of the symptoms.

Dr. Tolia uses the NeuroTrax™ system for memory testing. This advanced tool tests for general brain health by mapping a patient’s capabilities and results across six cognitive areas. These include:

  • Thinking
  • Attention
  • Visual-spatial
  • Verbal function
  • Problem-solving
  • Working memory

Neurotrax enables Dr. Tolia to provide same-day evaluation and testing so he can develop a precise and effective approach to managing dementia treatment.

Depending on the cause of dementia and the symptoms, Dr. Tolia might recommend medications, occupational therapy, and lifestyle changes, such as modifications to the environment to help reduce confusion.

Dementia is often a progressive condition that can worsen over time, but early diagnosis can improve a person’s quality of life. Call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Tolia online today to learn about treatment options.