Albert Boyd, MD
Primary Care Physician located in DeSoto, TX
Dr. Albert Boyd offers compassionate care and services for his patients from throughout Dallas County who suffer from dementia. From his practice, Albert Boyd, MD., PA in Desoto, Texas, Dr. Boyd helps his patients and their families manage the disease and make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to preserve their well being.
Dementia Q & A
What is dementia?
Dementia is the general term for a medical disorder that changes the functioning of the brain. It primarily affects language, memory, and behavior. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. It is caused by the systematic disruption, or deterioration of structures in the brain, primarily areas that store memories. When a breakdown of cells has begun, the brain may have more difficulty creating new memories or accessing memories that were previously encoded.
Over four million people have been diagnosed with dementia in the United States alone, and this condition affects up to ten percent of the global population over the age of 65. Dementia is also found in younger individuals, but this is less common.
What are the signs and symptoms of dementia?
While memory can be impaired later in life, severe memory loss can be a sign of dementia. The most common signs of dementia are:
- Difficulty speaking or finding words
- Difficulty completing routine tasks: Driving, using tools and computers
- Difficulty interacting with others
- Unfamiliarity with people they used to know
- Short term memory loss
- Mood changes: Irritability for unexplained reasons
- Agitation in unfamiliar situations and surroundings
- Becoming unfamiliar with family members and caretakers
- Unable to complete basic functions: Eating, bathing, using the bathroom
- Wandering off
- Leaving water running, or a stove on
- Wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather
What kind of treatment is available for dementia?
There are medications that can be helpful in treating dementia. Early diagnosis and treatment of dementia can sometimes lead to a patient living a symptom-free life.
While these medications have their benefits, side effects are also a possibility. While some patients experience no side effects, other may experience:
- Muscle cramps
- Urinary incontinence
If side effects appear, patients should contact Dr. Boyd to schedule a medication consultation. If side effects are severe, contacting emergency services may be warranted.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At Albert Boyd, M.D., we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Words from our patients
"I just switched over to Dr. Boyd and he is a great doctor. He took his time with me and answered all of my questions. I will definitely be coming back to him."
"I have known Dr. Albert Boyd as a patient for over ten years. Dr. Boyd is excellent in controlling high blood pressure and many other illnesses."
"Awesome team and a great experience from entering to exiting the building. Will continue to use this doctor's services."
"I always have great experiences when I visit Dr. Boyd's office. He has a wonderful staff of employees and I would highly recommend them."
"Dr. Boyd took time with me to go over all possible problems... I am always pleased with the time Dr. Boyd spends explaining things. I don't feel rushed."