Private Dementia Assessment London
At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of private dementia specialists offer end-to-end services to support our patients. From diagnosis and family support to bespoke treatment and the necessary ongoing care. Book a private dementia assessment today.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not one single disease – it is an umbrella term for a number of different conditions that all affect the brain in some way. Since there are over 200 dementia subtypes, understanding and managing the specific symptoms can be difficult, which is why we provide bespoke, end-to-end support here at Dementech. The most common types of dementia are:
Treating Dementia: Empowering Lives and Enhancing Quality of Care
Dementia is most common in people over the age of 65, but it can affect people of all ages. Common symptoms include confusion, problems with speech and understanding, memory lapses and severe memory loss. In most cases, these symptoms gradually worsen as the disease progresses.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer one-on-one consultations with private dementia consultants. During these consultations, patients will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their individual treatment plans. Our professionals will ensure patients and caregivers are well informed and reassured at all times, from initial diagnosis right through to treatment.
Understanding Symptoms of Dementia: Recognising Signs of Cognitive Decline
There are approximately 200 subtypes of dementia, each with varying symptoms. However, there are a number of typical symptoms of dementia that are common across most of these subtypes. These symptoms of Dementia can include:
- Memory loss
- Increasing difficulty with activities that require planning
- Becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Communication and language problems
- Reduced ability to focus and pay attention
- Difficulty with numbers and handling money
- Changes in personality and mood
Choosing a Private Neurologist for Dementia: Why It's the Best Option for You
One of the main advantages of choosing a private neurologist for treating dementia is that you will see a neurologist every time you attend our clinic. Unlike other healthcare settings, where you may have limited interaction with a specialist, our private clinic ensures that you receive personalised care and attention from a dedicated neurologist with expertise in dementia. This consistent access to a neurologist allows for comprehensive evaluation, tailored treatment plans, and ongoing management of your dementia symptoms. With a private neurologist, you can have peace of mind knowing that your dementia care is in the hands of a trusted specialist who is fully committed to your well-being and dedicated to providing the highest quality of care.
The waiting times for new referrals are shorter and you are guaranteed expert attention. Private support also means you can contact our clinic directly if you have any concerns about changes in your condition.
A Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Treatment
Enhancing Wellbeing through Personalised Care and Therapeutic Strategies
At Dementech, we also take a therapeutic approach when appropriate, recommending lifestyle adjustments, providing occupational therapy and encouraging caregivers to take an active role in modifying environments and establishing routines. Of course, the specific approach to each patient’s treatment plan will always vary, taking into account a number of different personal factors.
Risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools are used within our dementia treatment plans, as it is far more efficient to prevent a disease from developing and worsening, rather than trying to treat it once it has progressed. We also offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease.
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Dementech Neurosciences are London's leading neurological clinic specialising in advanced neurological conditions such as Dementia. Book a call with our clinic to speak to a specialist on your condition.
Dementia is a syndrome affecting higher functions of the brain, and there are a number of different causes. Cognitive decline, specifically memory loss alone, is not sufficient to diagnose dementia. There needs to be an impact on daily functioning.
The specialist (ICD-10) classification of dementia is as follows:
- Memory decline. This is most evident in learning new information
- Decline in at least one other domain of cognition such as judging and thinking, planning and organising etc., to a degree that interferes with daily functioning
- Some change in one or more aspects of social behaviour e.g. emotional lability, irritability, apathy or coarsening of social behaviour
- There should be corroborative evidence that the decline has been present for at least 6 months
There’s no single test for dementia. A private dementia assessment is based on a combination of tests. Before an official dementia diagnosis, a specialist will:
- Ask how and when your symptoms started and whether they’re affecting daily life
- Check whether any existing conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, depression or stroke, are being properly managed
- Review any medication you’re taking, including prescribed medicines, those bought over the counter from pharmacies, and any alternative products, such as vitamin supplements
In cases where a diagnosis of dementia has been established, our expert multidisciplinary team will ensure its utmost ability to treat the symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, hence improving the quality of life, emotional health and well-being of each individual.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat the variety of symptoms involved with each dementia subtype. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to effectively manage cognitive symptoms. Our professionals can also offer guidance and support to caregivers who may be experiencing significant stress.
In terms of specific treatments, there are a variety of drugs and medications to support the management of key symptoms. Common drugs include cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, which are used to help regulate brain functions. Other medicines and medications may also be prescribed depending on the individual’s medical history and experience of the symptoms.
Patient Success Stories
Dementech Neurosciences prides itself on delivering exceptional patient care. Here are just some of our patient testimonials.
“My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.”
“Dementech Neurosciences is a relatively new clinic specialising in the scientific assessment and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. It represents a significant development in the treatment of Parkinson’s and has done a great job of establishing itself and its reputation in a short period of time. The premises are extremely well situated in central London, the consultant neurologists are all at the top of their field in their specialisation of the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, and the clinical and administrative staff are of a similar standard. The atmosphere of the clinic is positive and the results, in the short period of time I have been able to assess, have been similarly positive.”
“Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D’Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.”
Testing for Dementia at Dementech: Comprehensive Evaluations for Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
We will arrange for blood tests to help exclude other causes of symptoms that can be confused with dementia. In most cases, these blood tests will check:
- Liver function
- Kidney function
- Thyroid function
- Haemoglobin A1c (to check for diabetes)
- Vitamin B12 and folate levels
- Urine test
People with symptoms of dementia are given several different tests to check their mental abilities, such as memory or thinking. Most tests involve a series of pen-and-paper tests and questions, each of which carries a score. These tests assess a number of mental abilities, including:
- Short and long-term memory
- Concentration and attention span
- Language and communication skills
- Awareness of time and place (orientation)
Brain scans are often used for diagnosing dementia once the simpler tests have ruled out other problems. Memory tests on their own brain scans can’t diagnose dementia, but are used as part of the wider assessment.
These brain scans may also be used to check for evidence of other possible problems that could explain a person’s symptoms, such as a stroke or a brain tumour.
An MRI scan is recommended to:
- Help confirm a diagnosis of dementia and the type of disease causing the dementia
- Provide detailed information about the blood vessel damage that occurs in vascular dementia
- Show shrinkage in specific areas of the brain – for example, the frontal and temporal lobes are mainly affected by shrinkage in frontotemporal dementia, while usually just the temporal lobes are affected in the early stages of Alzheimer’s
- A CT scan can be used to check for signs of stroke or a brain tumour. However, it can’t provide detailed information about the structure of the brain.
Other types of scans, such as a PET scan, may be recommended if the result of your MRI or CT scan is uncertain.
Even if a brain scan doesn’t show any obvious changes, this doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have dementia.
A pleasure to have the expertise, vision & support of Dementech, most especially the care and trust of Dr. D’Anna, Anca and the team!
Meet Our Specialists
London is home to a distinguished group of leading specialists in Alzheimer’s disease, who enjoy global recognition for their expertise in this field. These specialists are at the forefront of pioneering research, diagnosis, and treatment of Dementia, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of patients. Their extensive clinical experience, coupled with access to state-of-the-art medical facilities and resources here at Dementech, enables them to deliver comprehensive care and innovative therapies tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Whether it’s advancing our understanding of Dementia through groundbreaking research or providing personalised treatment plans that improve the quality of life for patients, London’s Dementia specialists are renowned for their dedication to tackling this intricate neurological condition.
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At our core, we are dedicated to enhancing your quality of life and overall well-being by delivering the highest standard of care. Recognising the need for a private centre that offers a holistic, multidisciplinary approach, we’ve embarked on a mission to transform the lives of individuals facing neurological disorders.
Our commitment to this mission is fueled by the integration of cutting-edge technologies and advanced diagnostic methods, some of which are considered the best in the world. Although many of the neurological disorders we specialise in remain incurable, our focus on medication and other therapeutic modalities can effectively slow down disease progression and bring about substantial improvements in the patient’s quality of life.
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