Dementia can occur with several different diseases. It refers to symptoms that affect memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Once thought to be a normal effect of aging, dementia is now known to be caused by brain cell damage.
We provide dementia screening and treatment options for people in the Kansas City region and beyond.
Our experts focus on accurately diagnosing dementia and its cause. They provide treatment to control symptoms and slow progression of the disease.
One of the most common forms of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. In partnership with the University of Kansas Medical Center, we are one of only 32 nationally designated Alzheimer's disease centers in the nation.
There are additional forms of dementia. Our neurology experts can help determine the precise causes of dementia in older adults.
Symptoms and risks
Common indicators of dementia include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Language problems, such as struggling to get words out or understand spoken words
- Difficulty with planning, organizing or concentrating
- Changes in behavior and personality
Diagnosis and treatment
Dementia, unfortunately, cannot be cured. But there are treatments that help people manage dementia and optimize quality of life. These include:
- Medications that ease mood, behavior and sleep challenges
- Physical and mental exercises
- Social stimulation
Support for caregivers
Why choose us
- We are ranked as the top hospital in Kansas City and Kansas, a distinction from U.S. News & World Report no other hospital has ever held. Our neurology and neurosurgery program has ranked among the nation's best for 8 consecutive years. These accomplishments demonstrate our commitment to quality, which is crucial in your selection of a partner for dementia treatment.
- Several of our neurologists focus solely on dementia and memory disorders and offer expertise second to none. In addition to leading the field in patient care, these specialists conduct innovative research that may one day yield a cure.
- To help patients in all aspects of coping with dementia, we partner with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing. These resources assist patients and families in managing challenges associated with dementia.
What to expect
On your first visit to our clinic, we will conduct a complete review of your medical history and perform cognitive testing and a neurological examination. Bring existing records, such as recent lab work or imaging studies, as well as your insurance information with you.
Leading research and clinical trials
Learn more about our leaders in dementia treatment and research.