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In the last year I started taking care of a PWD that has been seeing a Behavior Neurologist. I guess they specialize in memory problems and changing behavior. I don't understand the benefits of this specialist. I am not able to change to a general neurologist because she is seeing a specialist. Has anyone worked with a behavioral neurologist? What types of questions should I be asking this specialist?
It's a subspecialty of Neurology. You are correct that the focus of care is behaviors, including dementias. Other subspecialties that treat a person with dementia would be a geriatric psychiatrist, a neuropsychiatrist, or neuropsychologist. Any questions about behaviors, behavioral progression or management, medications, etc., would be appropriate. They can either handle the patients meds themselves, or make recommendations to their regular provider.
‘started taking care of a PWD’— Do you have POA for healthcare?
‘I am not able to change to a general neurologist because she is seeing a specialist’ — The person who holds the POA for healthcare can. If that’s you, you can make the change.