If you or a loved one is experiencing issues, our expert team is here to help. With specialization in neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and geriatric medicine, our experts work collaboratively under one roof, treating predominantly middle-aged and older adults with a wide range of conditions.
Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia is not a disease but an “umbrella term” that encompasses symptoms of major neurocognitive disorders, that interfere with the patient’s ability to perform everyday functions and activities. Our specialists see patients with dementia due to a variety of causes including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, Parkinson’s disease dementia, and vascular dementia, and provide cross-functional diagnoses, treatments and support. We compassionately address the body, mind, spirit, and emotions of our patients to improve their health and quality of life.
What is brain health? The term brain health encompasses all aspects of brain function including memory, learning, and clarity of thought. As we age, our brains become subject to risks associated with advancing years, but research shows that there are ways to help minimize some of these risks and enhance brain resilience.
Our specialists have extensive experience in a wide array of diagnoses that affect patient brain health and quality of life. We focus on healthy aging and stabilizing cognitive functions that would otherwise decline with advancing years.
Physical & Cognitive Health
Physical exercise for brain health along with cognitive mental exercise regimens are critical components in aging populations to prevent or potentially delay dementia and related cognitive decline. Research indicates that healthy lifestyle modifications that include optimizing and prioritizing physical fitness and cognitively stimulating activities are beneficial for brain resilience as we age. Our clinical trials and studies can help patients as well as contributing to clinical research and development in the fields of dementia, aging, and memory loss.
At Pacific Neuroscience Institute, patients and their loved ones are often dealing with the news of a debilitating or devastating diagnosis. Our cancer psychiatry and psychology specialists compassionately care for patients with cancer-related brain health issues, addressing and treating the anxiety and depression associated with a cancer diagnosis.
In addition, we provide diagnoses and treatments to optimize brain recovery and minimize chemotherapy and radiation treatment-related issues in patients with brain tumors.
Fall Prevention & Balance Treatment
Exercise is one of the best ways to protect our brains against future memory problems. Staying independent and active with friends and family is also protective against memory disorders. Falls and loss of mobility lead to loss of independence and ability to exercise, which cannot only limit one’s ability to maintain good cognitive health but can also lead to depression.
Complex, constant interactions and communications between the brain and almost every system in the body, allow for standing and walking without falling. However, as diseases and the “wear and tear of aging catch up, balance is affected in certain situations, putting individuals at risk for falls. External factors can also increase fall risk. Apart from the diagnosis and treatment of balance problems, the Fall Prevention Program provides comprehensive individualized assessments and recommendations to patients and their loved ones to help minimize fall risk due to aging and disease.
FALL PREVENTION & BALANCE TREATMENT
Balance can be impacted when the body’s muscles become affected by disease or age-related conditions. We offer a comprehensive neuromuscular disorders program to diagnose and provide treatment of nerve and muscle disorders, such as peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, and myopathies. These disorders cause combinations of numbness and weakness, which in turn often affect balance. Muscle impairment also affects the ability to exercise, which is a key factor of brain health and memory function.
Specialized tests help identify nerve and muscle damage and dysfunction, and can often be performed at the time of the initial visit to initiate a broad spectrum of treatment options.
The Addiction Medicine services at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute are dedicated to the assessment, treatment, and prevention of addiction and substance use issues including problems with drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medications. In addition to treating known drug and alcohol addictions, our doctors and clinicians also see many patients who do not have an addiction but need assistance in tapering off prescription medications or have concerns that they may be at risk for addiction in the future.
Our care of persons with Multiple Sclerosis combines state of the art diagnostics and treatments with evidence-based recommendations for lifestyle practices. This comprehensive strategy treats the whole person, with the goals of controlling disease activity while optimizing function and quality of life. The person with MS is an important partner in all treatment decisions. The MS clinic at PNI is recognized as a “Partner in Care” of the National MS Society.
Clinical trials and research are urgent and necessary in the understanding, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating neurodegenerative brain conditions.
In order to advance the understanding and treatment of normal aging cognitive decline along with more severe dementias, and develop ways to preserve and enhance brain health, much work is needed through innovative clinical trials and research. Researchers and clinicians at the Pacific Brain Health Center are at the forefront of leading-edge research with a number of initiatives that explore debilitating cognitive and mood disorders through well-designed and implemented research studies and clinical trials.
CURRENT CLINICAL TRAILS
Brain health services are also available for patients recovering from stroke or brain hemorrhage.