Dementia Specialist

Lori B. Schneider, M.D. -  - Neurologist

Lakeside Neurology

Lori B. Schneider, M.D.

Neurologist & Medical Acupuncturist located in Cornelius, NC

Dementia affects the lives of over five million people in the United States. At Lakeside Neurology in Cornelius, North Carolina, Lori Schneider, MD, a board-certified neurologist, offers comprehensive care for dementia, including cognitive screenings and other diagnostic testing. She customizes treatment plans using holistic and traditional medications to slow down the progression of your disease and help you live a happy, independent life. To learn more about treatments available for dementia, call Lakeside Neurology, or request an appointment online today.

Dementia Q & A

What is dementia?

Dementia describes a variety of medical conditions that result from abnormal changes in your brain due to brain cell damage. When your brain cells are damaged, they aren’t able to communicate properly.

Changes in your brain affect how you think, and the loss of your cognitive abilities over time can be severe enough to interfere with your daily life and independence.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes issues not only with your thinking but also with your memory and behaviors. Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia tend to develop gradually and worsen over time.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

There are a number of symptoms that can result due to dementia-related brain changes. These symptoms include:

  • Short-term memory issues
  • Losing track of appointments
  • Difficulties with planning or preparing meals
  • Inability to pay bills or keep up with household duties

Because the symptoms of dementia can relate to other underlying health issues, like a thyroid disorder or vitamin deficiency, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Lakeside Neurology with Dr. Schneider to confirm or rule out dementia.

What can I expect during a dementia evaluation?

During your initial evaluation, Dr. Schneider takes time to review your medical history. She also assesses the prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you take, as certain medicines can contribute to memory impairments. Dementia care at Lakeside Neurology includes:

Diagnostic evaluation

Dr. Schneider offers screenings for nutritional and metabolic abnormalities that may be affecting your cognitive abilities. Through a blood test, she can determine if underlying vitamin deficiencies or thyroid conditions are causing your symptoms.

Customized treatment

If your diagnosis confirms you have dementia, Dr. Schneider customizes a treatment plan to meet your needs. She takes a holistic, integrative approach to dementia care and uses a combination of natural supplements and traditional medications to improve your overall health and slow the progression of your dementia.

Medications are available for early to severe stages of dementia. These medications are known as cholinesterase inhibitors, and they prevent the breakdown of chemical messages in your brain that play a role in your memory and learning skills.

Monitoring and resources

Dr. Schneider continues monitoring your therapy and your symptoms to ensure you’re able to enjoy a high quality of life. She also provides resources if your symptoms are severe, and you aren’t able to live independently.

If you or someone you love has symptoms of dementia, schedule a consultation at Lakeside Neurology online or by calling the office today.