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Brain Wellness Center

ABOUT US

Asian Hospital and Medical Center had a soft launch of the Brain Wellness Center on May 11, 2015. It is an integrated and patient-centered facility that offers a holistic program for general brain health and various brain disorders from prevention to early recognition and management.

The BrainWellnessCenter caters to “worried-well” clients, as well as patients with impairments. It aims to provide a place to improve brain health, maximize cognitive potentials, decrease the risk of brain disorders and manage brain health problems.

What is the Brain Wellness Center for?

The BrainWellnessCenter is an integrated, patient-centered facility that will provide care, from prevention to early recognition and management for general brain health and various brain disorders and one of which is Dementia.
The Brain Wellness Center Team

The roster of specialists under AsianHospital and MedicalCenter’s BrainWellnessCenter  includes adult neurologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, rehabilitation medicine specialists, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionists, psychologists and psychometricians. They work together seamlessly to give our patients multidisciplinary care tailored-fit to address their unique needs.

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SERVICES

The Memory Wellness Program offers the following services:
A.   MEMORY SCREENING & DIAGNOSIS

1.   Memory Screen Panel
      – a set of blood tests routinely tested for patients with memory complaints (e.g., Vit. B12)

2.   Vascular Risk Screening
       – Chem 12 Panel

3.   Neurocognitive Screening
       – a set of cognitive and memory tests designed to give an overview of which cognitive
         domains are most affected
                       
4.   Neuroimaging
      – MRI Dementia Screening Protocol

5.   Comprehensive Screening Package
      – All of the above with EEG and follow-up basic Psychological Tests in 6 months

6.   Basic Psychological Testing

B.  The Memory Wellness Program

This is a program designed to evaluate the patient’s memory function and identify risks of memory decline. The team provides neurocognitive screening, a comprehensive evaluation for patients with cognitive disorders as well as family sessions to educate the patients’ families and caregivers about the appropriate care plan.

INTRODUCING!                                                                  
Memory Wellness Management Package (SOLO or GROUP)

  • A multi-disciplinary, person-centered, needs-based approach in managing patients with memory loss & dementia.
  • It will have group & individual sessions addressing different aspects of an individual’s memory & well-being.
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DEMENTIA

What is Dementia?

What is Young Onset Dementia?

10 Common Symptoms of Dementia

Causes of Dementia

Importance of Early Diagnosis

Treatment and Care
What is Dementia?

Dementia is not part of normal aging, although as a person ages, the risk of dementia increases.

Dementia is not a specific disease, but an overall term used to describe a set of symptoms involved in the decline of mental ability.

Dementia is progressive and occurs because there is degeneration of brain function, which eventually affects daily activities (e.g., work, hobbies, shopping, cooking, grooming, eating and toileting).

What is Young Onset Dementia (YOD)?

Dementia occurring in patients under the age of 65 years are considered Young Onset Dementia (YOD).

BRAIN

10 Common Symptoms of Dementia

  1. Recent memory loss that affects job performance
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  3. Problems with language
  4. Disorientation to time and place
  5. Poor or decreased judgement
  6. Problems with abstract thinking
  7. Misplacing things
  8. Changes in personality
  9. Loss of initiative
  10. Behavioral changes

Causes of Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
    AD is the most common type and cause of Dementia. AD is caused by high levels of certain proteins inside and outside brain cells, making it hard for these brain cells to stay healthy. The  hippocampus – center of learning and memory is often the first to be damaged. This is why memory loss is often one of the earliest symptoms of AD.
  • Vascular Dementia (VaD): Strokes Causing  Dementia
    VaD is the second most common form of Dementia. It may be preventable, therefore early detection and diagnosis is important. VaD is caused by reduced supply of oxygen to the brain, from the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels. It may occur after one large stroke, or a series of mini strokes.
  • FrontoTemporal Dementia (FTD)
    FTD is caused by abnormal proteins that form inside nerve cells in the front and side parts of the brain. Early symptoms include changes in personality, behavior and difficulty with language.
  • Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
    LBD is a form of progressive dementia. Early symptoms include fluctuating alertness, difficulties with judging distances and hallucinations.
  • Mixed Dementia
    Displays symptoms of both Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia.
  • Parkinson’s Disease with dementia
  • Autoimmune diseases of the brain
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Brain trauma

Importance of Early Diagnosis

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Although most of what causes Dementia are permanent and progressive, if diagnosed early, the following causes can be treated and addressed accordingly, symptoms of dementia may be reduced:

  • Depression
  • Medical Side Effects
  • Excessive Alcohol Use
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Vitamin B-12 Defficiency

Early diagnosis also reduces the anxiety of the patient and their family and gives them more time to plan for the future.

Treatment and Care

Non-Drug Treatment and Support

There is yet no available cure for Dementia. The general goals in the reatment and care of Dementia are to enhance function, preserve functional independence and maintain the quality of life of the patients and their family.

Suggested therapies for Dementia are: Cognitive-based therapies, psycho-social therapies and activity therapies among others.

Drug Treatments

There are certain drugs, which can be prescribed by doctors, that may help maintain mental functioning for as long as possible, may correct a condition that is causing dementia, and may help prevent further strokes in cases of patients with Vascular Dementia.

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EVENTS

November 9, 2015
Brain Wellness Center Launched
The Brain Wellness Center (BWC) was launched last November 9, 2015 at the Upper Ground Floor, Lobby, Tower 1 of Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC). Dr. Alvin Rae Cenina, Head of the Memory Wellness Program, explained about the the program’s features, what Dementia (degeneration of brain function) is all about and how can this be prevented.
BWC is an integrated, patient-centered facility that will provide care, from prevention to early recognition and management for general brain health and various brain disorders such as Dementia.