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Dementia Specialist

Yassi Zarrin, Psy.D.

Neuropsychological Testing, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Psychotherapy located in Beverly Hills, CA & Tarzana, CA

Dementia is common with older age, and if left untreated can get progressively worse over time. If you or a loved one shows signs of dementia, board-certified psychologist Yassi Zarrin, PsyD, and her highly trained team can help. They offer dementia and Alzheimer’s disease testing and treatment at Novoneuro, Inc. in Beverly Hills, California, and across Los Angeles in Tarzana, Woodland Hills, Gardena, and Orange. Schedule an evaluation by phone or book an appointment online today.


What is dementia?

Dementia is a condition that causes loss of mental or cognitive function and can negatively affect your everyday life. Alzheimer’s disease is an example of dementia. It can gradually diminish your:

  • Language skills
  • Memory
  • Visual perception
  • Ability to focus
  • Problem-solving skills

You might also experience anxiety, depression, personality changes, or inappropriate behavior with dementia. While it’s common to become a little more forgetful with age, dementia can dramatically impair cognitive function.

What are the risk factors for dementia?

Dementia can happen to anyone, but certain factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Possible risks include traumatic brain injury, older age, and family history of dementia, as well as poor diet, lack of exercise, heavy alcohol use, smoking, and depression.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity can also increase your risk of developing dementia. 

How does my provider diagnose dementia?

To diagnose Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia and develop a treatment plan, Dr. Zarrin and her team review your medical history and symptoms. 

They complete a physical examination and may ask friends or family members about your symptoms too. Dr. Zarrin offers cognitive and neuropsychological tests to evaluate:

  • Overall cognitive function
  • Thinking skills
  • Orientation
  • Memory
  • Judgment
  • Reasoning
  • Attention
  • Language skills
  • Visual perception
  • Problem-solving

She assesses movement, balance, reflexes, senses, and much more. CT scans, MRIs, and PET scans help the Novoneuro, Inc. team detect patterns of brain activity and evidence of a tumor, stroke, or bleeding. 

Lab test results help Dr. Zarrin discover physical problems, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or thyroid problems. Examining spinal fluid can pinpoint infection, markers of degenerative diseases, and inflammation. Dr. Zarrin might complete a psychiatric evaluation to detect depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders.

What are my dementia treatment options?

Proper treatment can help reverse signs of dementia or slow its progression. The Novoneuro, Inc. team may suggest:

  • Taking certain medications
  • Occupational therapy
  • Simplifying tasks
  • Modifying your environment
  • A healthy diet
  • Dietary supplements
  • Regular exercise

Dr. Zarrin personalizes each treatment to offer you or your loved one the best possible outcome. She can refer patients to other specialists as needed.

At the first sign of dementia, see the highly trained experts at Novoneuro, Inc. Call the office or book an appointment online today.