Neurology and Memory

OVERVIEW

The nervous system is one of the most complex systems of the body. When there is a problem with the nervous system, it may affect various functions in body and can greatly range in severity. Some examples of neurological disorders and diseases are:

  • Cerebrovascular diseases, such as stroke
  • Demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system, such as Multiple
  • Sclerosis (MS)
  • Headache or migraine disorders
  • Infections of the brain and peripheral nervous system
  • Movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Seizure disorders, such as Epilepsy
  • Spinal cord disorders
  • Speech and language disorders

Neurology


Neurology is the branch of medicine specializing in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

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Possible Signs & Symptoms

  • Chronic or severe headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Movement problems
  • Memory problems or confusion

Causess & Risk Factors

The exact cause of neurology diseases are unknown, with research being conducted to further explore possible causes relating to:

  • Age
  • Environmental Factors
  • Family history
  • Genetics
  • Geography

Treatments, Management, & Support

Treatments and management depend and differ on each individual. Speak with your doctor for treatment options.

OVERVIEW

50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia

937,000 Canadians will be living with the disease in 15 years

One in 11 Canadians over age 65 has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly affects short and long term memory as well as other cognitive abilities seriously enough to interfere with a person’s quality of life. This disease usually affects people in their 30s to mid-60s.  Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of dementia – a term describing a loss of memory, language, problem-solving, and other mental abilities.

Memory / Alzheimer’s


Memory loss is a normal part of aging. However, too much memory loss may be a sign of an underlying condition. Recognizing the signs early offers a better chance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Possible Signs & Symptoms

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which typically begins in the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain, it leads to increasingly severe symptoms such as:

  • Disorientation
  • Mood and behavior changes
  • Confusion about events, time, and place
  • Serious memory loss
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking

Causes & Risk Factors

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s diseases are unknown, with research being conducted to further explore possible causes relating to:

  • Age
  • Environmental Factors
  • Family history
  • Genetics

Treatment & Support

Standardized memory tests have been used on millions of people in clinical and research settings. After a couple of simple assessments, these test can provide with information about how your memory compares to others in your age group. If your results show that you may be experiencing memory problems beyond normal, age-related issues, it is important you contact a specialist for more information.

 

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing can be done for individuals that meet specific criteria. Certain genetic makeups put individuals at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Our on-site genetic testing is able to determine whether or not a person is at a higher risk. These tests are done by analysing DNA obtained through the collection of cells from the inside of a person’s cheek. Based on the results of these tests, those who are genetically at a higher risk have the opportunity to learn more about clinical trials focused on Alzheimer’s disease prevention.