My name is Dr. David Roeltgen and I am very excited to be part of this Alzheimer's site. We are all aware that many difficult issues arise in dealing with this disease. I hope to be able to help you navigate some of these difficulties.
I have been a neurologist for over 20 years but have had an interest in the brain and how the brain functions since I was in junior high school. I have been fascinated by how the brain works since I wrote a paper for my ninth grade biology class. Neurology has been an ideal work environment to maintain and develop this interest and provide medical care people.
Although "medical care" has evolved considerably during my experience in the field, the basic person-to-person relationships do not change. In this context, there is a tremendous need to translate science, including medical science, and in our case, neuroscience, into something that is understandable to non-scientists. I see this as a fundamental responsibility of clinicians.
No one can substitute for a person's personal physician. Diagnoses can only be made and specific treatments recommended by one's own doctor. However, I hope to be able to help answer questions from our readers regarding Alzheimer's disease. Areas we might address may include, but are certainly not limited to:
What treatments are used for Alzheimer's?
How diagnoses are made in the field of dementia?
What happens to the brain in people with Alzheimer's disease?
What common problems may occur for patients and families with the disease?
I look forward interacting with you as we try to take some of the mystery out of Alzheimer's dementia.