From the Desk of Jessica MacDonald, PsyD, ABPP
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, with an estimated 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is advancing age and about 90% of people with Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 65. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that affects:
Over time, these symptoms interfere with daily tasks and make it difficult to:
• Operate a vehicle
• Manage medications
• Handle finances
• Keep track of appointments
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is key because it allows access to treatments than can help slow the progression, can help improve quality of life for patients and their caregivers, and allows more time to prepare for the future.
During our evaluations, we work closely with patients and their caregivers to obtain a detailed history of the symptoms. We then complete standardized testing that evaluates:
• Short-term memory
• Problem solving
• Visuospatial abilities
This information helps us identify Alzheimer’s disease early and aids in accurate diagnosis. Once diagnosed, we will collaborate with a patient’s treatment team to identify the best treatment plan. While Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, treatments are available and research studies are ongoing around the world!
Jessica MacDonald, PsyD, ABPP
My role at Riverhills as a Clinical Neuropsychologist is to assist in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. We work with patients and their family to identify areas of support, community resources, and provide education about how to optimize brain health. The Division of Behavioral Health at Riverhills includes five Neuropsychologists and a Health Psychologist.
We look forward to collaborating in your care!
For more information, or for scheduling, please call (513) 791-8080.