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John Perrygo had a mild cognitive impairment. Learn more about how the UVA Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders health care team helped John and his wife.

Alzheimer's & Memory Disorders

Memory loss can occur with aging, but dementia refers to extreme changes in memory, attention, concentration, language and organizational abilities. The forms and types of dementia vary and include Alzheimer’s disease, lewy body disease and frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease).

When Carolyn and John Perrygo found out he had a mild cognitive impairment and possibly Alzheimer's, it felt like "a punch in the gut." After dietary changes and joining a clinical trial, they have found a way to stay active and keep going.

Read more about how the couple manages John's challenges.

 

Alzheimer's & Memory Disorders

Find treatment for Alzheimer's and dementia, a general term used to describe changes in memory, attention, concentration, language and organizational abilities.
John Perrygo had a mild cognitive impairment. Learn more about how the UVA Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders health care team helped John and his wife.

Alzheimer's & Memory Disorders

Memory loss can occur with aging, but dementia refers to extreme changes in memory, attention, concentration, language and organizational abilities. The forms and types of dementia vary and include Alzheimer’s disease, lewy body disease and frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease).

When Carolyn and John Perrygo found out he had a mild cognitive impairment and possibly Alzheimer's, it felt like "a punch in the gut." After dietary changes and joining a clinical trial, they have found a way to stay active and keep going.

Read more about how the couple manages John's challenges.

 

Getting Answers
A patient consulting with a UVA health care provider about Alzheimer’s disease.

Diagnosing Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, is a brain disorder that worsens over time. It can cause the loss of thinking skills such as memory, judgment and language.

If your doctor thinks you may have a memory disorder, you'll take a physical neurological exam, and may undergo certain imaging tests such as an MRI and/or PET scan. 

Because dementia is related to a variety of other conditions, it's important that you receive an accurate diagnosis and ongoing treatment. Learn about the memory disorders we treat

News & Info About Memory Loss

At UVA, we work with local organizations to help patients and their families find services and resources when diagnosed with dementia.

Beyond Alzheimer's: Causes of Dementia

Memory loss and unusual behavior can be a symptom of many conditions, some of which strike in middle age. Listen to a podcast about dementia symptoms and causes

Did Lewy Body Disease Kill Robin Williams?

The famous comedian's widow says it did. Find out how this form of dementia affects the mind and how UVA plans to study it. 

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