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Dementia

Dementia is a loss of cognitive function associated with a number of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Huntington’s Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury. People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of everyday items such as their keys or wallet, paying bills, grocery shopping or cleaning the house. While it is not a normal part of aging, it mainly affects older people.

There are an estimated 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. There are many causes. Some are reversible and some are progressive. The earlier it is diagnosed, the more it can improve your quality of life. Some conditions can be very progressive. This means you might not notice symptoms right away because they start out slowly and gradually get worse. It may be hard to notice the difference between old age memory loss, and dementia.

Dementia is not a disease. It is a term that describes symptoms associated with declining memory. It is also a term used when a person’s thinking skills are severe enough to reduce the ability to perform everyday activities. Being diagnosed is often a frightening experience.

Warning Signs

  • Personality changes – a sudden change in personality or mood
  • Loss of ability to do everyday tasks – such as go grocery shopping or laundry
  • Withdrawal or depression – noticing sadness or lack of excitement for anything
  • Concentration – not able to focus on a task or conversation
  • Disorientation – not knowing where they are or the time
  • Problems with language – not being able to find the right words or form sentences
  • Vision changes – difficulties with visual perception
Margarita Almeida El-Ramey, DO
Medical Specialties
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Electromyography, Headaches/Migraines, Neuromuscular Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuro2Go
Location

400 N. Hiatus Road, Suite 200
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(954) 874-0201

Maria Herrera, MD
Medical Specialties
General Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Dementia, Headache, Parkinson's disease
Location

700 N. Hiatus Road, Suite 203
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(954) 367-5166

Meghan Jacobs, PsyD
Medical Specialties
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Adult Neuropsychology, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke
Location

9970 Central Park Blvd., Suite 207
Boca Raton, FL 33428
(561) 482-1027

2605 W. Atlantic Avenue, Suite C-102
Delray Beach, FL 33445

Michelle Ferreira, DO
Medical Specialties
Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremors, Gait Disorders, Migraines, Lewy Body Dementia, Alzheimer’s Dementia, Functional Movement Disorders, Fibromyalgia
Location

5350 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 108
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
(561) 962-1508

Miguel Melo-Bicchi, MD
Medical Specialties
ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, Back Pain, Balance, Botox Injections, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Concussion, Dementia, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Facial Pain, Fibromyalgia, Gait Disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Memory, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck and Back Pain, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuropathy, Numbness, Parkinson’s Disease, Seizures, Spasticity, Spine Disorders, Stroke, Tingling, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tremors, Vertigo
Location

9090 SW 87th Court, Suite 200
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 596-2080

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Nicholas DePrima, PsyD, ABPP-CN
Medical Specialties
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropsychology, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke
Location

3801 PGA Boulevard, Suite 600
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 566-6055

Nisha Pradeep-Kilgore, DO
Medical Specialties
Migraine and other headache disorders, Movement disorders, Electrodiagnostic testing, Multiple sclerosis, Botox therapy, Seizure, Stroke, Dementia, Neuropathy
Location

2919 W. Swann Avenue, Suite 401
Tampa, Florida 33609
(813) 872-1548

Nivea R. Ribas, MD
Medical Specialties
Abdominal Pain, ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease, Back Pain, Balance, Botox Injections, Botulinum Toxins, Cannabis Medical Treatment, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Concussion, COVID-19 Long Haulers, Dementia, Dizziness, Electromyography, Epilepsy, Facial Pain, Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy, Fibromyalgia, Gait Disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Memory, Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Neck and Back Pain, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuropathy, Neuropsychology, Neurophysiology, Neuroradiology, Numbness, Nutritional Medicine, Nutrition & Wellness, Occupational Therapy, Pain Management, Parkinson’s Disease, Pelvic Pain, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Seizures, Shoulder Injury, Sleep Disorders, Spasticity, Spine Disorders, Stroke, Tingling, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tremors, Vertigo
Location

5801 NW 151st Street, #206
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
(305) 826-3931

Patricio S. Espinosa, MD, MPH, FAAN
Medical Specialties
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Electromyography, Epilepsy, Headaches/Migraines, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Neuromuscular Disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke
Location

801 Meadows Road, Suite 103
Boca Raton, FL 33486
(561) 788-7545

875 Meadows Road, Suite 323
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Peter Aldana, MD
Medical Specialties
Botulinum Toxins, Dementia, Neurology, Neurophysiology
Location

787 37th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
(772) 465-5600

1801 S. 23rd Street, #7
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

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