Join us online on March 18th at 5:30 PM (PST) for our March Neighborhood Health Series discussion. Neurologist and Roseman Medical Group provider Dr. Eric Farbman will co-present “Dementia: what’s behind this tragic disease, how we can treat and prevent it, and how we can financially and legally protect our diagnosed loved ones.” He will be joined by Michael Kling of Kling Law Offices, who will lend his expertise on estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and corporate and tax law matters.
Cognitive impairment and dementia are difficult to understand and treat. Dr. Farbman will share his insights on the diseases associated with dementia and what’s to come as it concerns diagnosis, detection, treatment, and prevention. Dr. Farbman specializes in neurology and has over 20 years of experience in the field. He treats various neurological movement disorders including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Dystonia, Ataxias, and tremors. Dr. Farbman is a volunteer emergency medic at the annual Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree.
Farbman graduated with honors from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1999 before completing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine with Roseman University’s College of Medicine and a practicing physician with Roseman Medical Group. Dr. Farbman is currently accepting new patients.
You can register for the Neighborhood Health Series presentation here.
What is dementia?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is an umbrella term for loss of memory and other abilities like speaking, problem-solving, or thinking. Not a singular disease, dementia is a term that describes a variety of medical conditions that includes Alzheimer’s disease. Changes in normal brain function might lead to a decline in thinking abilities, also known as cognitive abilities, and might be severe enough to impede normal activities in daily life. Dementia affects behavior, emotions, and interpersonal relationships.
The Alzheimer’s Association explains that Alzheimer’s disease accounts for roughly 60-80% of all cases of dementia. Signs of dementia vary significantly in people, but examples include the inability to keep track of a purse or wallet, difficulty staying on top of paying bills or remembering appointments, an inability to plan and prepare meals, and other issues with short-term memory.
Because many conditions are progressive, it is important to see a doctor as early as possible to determine the cause of any memory difficulties or changes in cognitive abilities. An evaluation may detect an easily treatable condition, or, if the symptoms do suggest dementia, may offer more time to plan for the future and begin available treatments.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
With early detection, a doctor can help determine treatments that may provide relief of certain symptoms and help a patient maintain their current level of independence longer. If you or someone you know would like to speak to a specialist, contact Eric Farbman with Roseman Medical Group today!
Roseman Medical Group
5380 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Phone: (702) 463-4040