Parkinsonian Dementia Treatment London
Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), also known as Parkinsonian dementia, causes gradual cognitive decline and affects abilities such as concentration, memory, and judgement. At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of private neurologists specialise in Parkinson’s Dementia treatment in London. Our neurologists, therapists, and dementia consultants will work with you and your caregivers to help you maintain the best quality of life for as long as possible.
What is Parkinsonian Dementia?
Parkinsonian dementia, also known as Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) or Parkinson’s dementia, is a type of dementia that affects patients who have previously been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It’s not fully understood what causes PDD, but it’s thought to be due to abnormalities with Lewy body protein deposits in the brain. It is most common in people who are over the age of 65.
A person with PDD may experience a range of symptoms, including hallucinations, tremors and shaking, muscle stiffness, issues with concentration and memory, changes in mood, and problems sleeping. Symptoms vary from person to person, as does their severity and the rate at which they progress. Generally, symptoms will get worse over time and the patient may eventually lose the ability to live independently.
At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of dementia specialists offer a multi-faceted approach to treating PDD. We have a number of in-house clinicians who can support you from the diagnosis through to treatment, helping you to mitigate your symptoms and live a normal, independent life for as long as possible.
Parkinson’s Dementia Symptoms
PDD affects a person’s cognitive and motor skills, and the symptoms will gradually get worse over time. The first signs of cognitive decline typically occur approximately one year after an initial Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
There are a number of common symptoms people with PDD may experience. Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but common characteristics can include:
- Changes in your ability to recall memories
- Trouble concentrating on tasks
- Lapses in judgement and critical thinking
- Issues trying to process and interpret visual cues
- Vivid hallucinations where you may see, smell, feel or hear things that aren’t there
- Experiencing delusion, specifically paranoia
- Changes to your mood, such as increased irritability or feelings of apathy
- Feeling anxious and/or depressed
- Sleep-related issues, such as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder or sleep disturbances
- Feeling drowsy during the day
- Losing your appetite
- Parkinson’s symptoms, such as uncontrollable tremors or shaking, muscle rigidity, shuffling, and movement issues.
If you have any of the above symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have Parkinsonian dementia. It’s common for people with motor issues like Parkinson’s disease to experience some decline in their cognitive abilities.
Similar cognitive impairment occurs in Atypical Parkinsonism such as progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), multiple system atrophy (MSA), and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). Huntington’s disease (HD) also causes a decline in thinking and reasoning skills, including memory, concentration, judgement and ability to plan and organise.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease dementia, but symptoms can usually be managed effectively for a number of years.
If you think you have any symptoms of dementia, it’s important to speak to a neurologist to find out what could be causing your symptoms. Early intervention is the best form of treatment, and whilst PDD can’t be cured, it may be possible to minimise the severity of symptoms and prolong how long you can live independently.
Parkinson’s Dementia Diagnosis
Diagnosing Parkinsonian dementia isn’t as simple as carrying out a single test. Instead, you may need to undergo multiple scans and assessments in order for us to make the right diagnosis. This is because PDD is similar to Lewy body dementia (DLB). They both share similar symptoms but are, in fact, different.
The Difference Between PDD and DLB
Due to the similarities between both conditions, there are two main guidelines your neurologist will follow to determine a PDD diagnosis:
- If cognitive decline symptoms started roughly a year after a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, Parkinson’s disease dementia is often the diagnosis
- If cognitive impairment symptoms started approximately a year before physical motor symptoms, the diagnosis is often dementia with Lewy bodies
For a diagnosis, you will need to attend a consultation where you will speak to one of our private dementia consultants about your symptoms, as well as your previous medical history. They may get you to complete some cognitive tests by asking you a series of questions.
After this, you may need to go for some other tests, such as blood tests or an MRI scan. These tests will rule out any other brain conditions that may be causing your symptoms. We endeavour to get your results to you within 48 hours and can also give a copy, along with our diagnosis, to your GP.
We use cutting-edge technology to assess the severity of cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s dementia. This enables us to provide an early diagnosis of cognitive impairment and effectively manage it early on.
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Parkinson’s Dementia Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s dementia, and there is no treatment that can slow the rate at which the condition destroys brain cells. Instead, treatment is focused on mitigating symptoms and aiming to help the patient live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treating the symptoms of Parkinsonian dementia. We have a comprehensive dementia team who can offer a mixture of clinical and therapeutic treatments. Common treatments for PDD may include:
These are a type of Alzheimer’s medication that can minimise cognitive decline and help manage symptoms relating to hallucinations, memory, judgement, mood and sleep issues
One of our in-house physiotherapists can work with you to manage the physical motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
We will work with you to maintain your communication abilities
Our specialist psychiatrists can work alongside psychologists to monitor your cognitive function
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.”
Why Choose Dementech For Parkinson’s Disease Dementia Support?
- An in-house team of dementia specialists provide a mixture of clinical and therapeutic care
- Same-week appointments and no extended waiting times
- Industry-leading diagnostic technology
- Test results available within 48 hours
- Consultations start from just £485
- Patient Advisors work with patients and caregivers to develop a unique treatment plan
- Ongoing support and guidance from diagnosis through to treatment
At Dementech, we also offer patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of PDD.
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 Parkinsonian Dementia, who enjoy global recognition for their expertise in this field. These specialists are at the forefront of pioneering research, diagnosis, and treatment of Parkinsonian 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 Parkinsonian Dementia through groundbreaking research or providing personalized treatment plans that improve the quality of life for patients, London’s Parkinsonian Dementia specialists are renowned for their dedication to tackling this complex neurological condition.
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