Kenneth K Wogensen, MD
Neurologist located in Arcadia, CA
Nearly 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that affects every aspect of your life. Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, in Arcadia, California, is an experienced neurologist who can help you or your loved one manage Alzheimer’s disease with empathy and kindness. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Alzheimer's Disease Q & A
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that leads to the death of brain cells. It’s the most common cause of dementia. The condition causes a continuous decline in your thinking, behavioral, and social skills, and makes a significant impact on your quality of life.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but Dr. Wogensen can provide treatment that may help slow down the progression of the disease.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease usually begin with alterations in your memory. In the early stages, you may not be able to recall recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, you may experience more serious lapses in memory, as well as changes in your thinking and reasoning.
You may not realize what’s going on, but your family may pick up on the changes.
Other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Getting lost in familiar places
- Forgetting names of friends, family, or familiar objects
- Difficulty managing numbers
- Inability to make sound decisions
- Difficulty performing routine tasks
- Depression or social withdrawal
- Distrust in people
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, call Dr. Wogensen’s office to schedule a consultation.
How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?
Dr. Wogensen conducts a thorough evaluation to determine if you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. Your symptoms, or those symptoms reported by a family member, are an important part of the diagnosis process. Dr. Wogensen may also run blood tests or additional diagnostic tests to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.
He also conducts a physical and neurological examination, assesses mental status, and conducts special neuropsychological testing to assist in his diagnosis. Brain imaging tests, such as an MRI or PET scan, may also be recommended.
How is Alzheimer’s disease treated?
Dr. Wogensen creates individualized treatment plans to help manage Alzheimer’s disease. Because the progressive disorder involves the family, he works closely with both the patient and family to create a plan that works for everyone.
Treatment may include:
- Lifestyle modification
Dr. Wogensen provides continuous care and makes adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder, but with the right care, Dr. Wogensen can help you manage the condition to improve quality of life. For compassionate care, call Kenneth K. Wogensen, MD, today or book an appointment online.