Saturday, November 14, 2015


Nothing last forever only memories... but what if that memory of yours also vanish... paano kapag nakalimutan mo ang ilang mahahalaga at memorable na pangyayari sa buhay mo? That's why introducing "The Only Brain Wellness in the South" which is now operating at Asian Hospital and Medical Center. The Brain Wellness Center is an integrated, patient-centered facility that will provide care, from prevention to early recognition and management for general brain health and various brain disorder and one of which is Dementia.
They aim to be the center of excellence in providing care for cognitive disorders from prevention to early recognition  and management in the communities they serve.

The Asian Hospital Brain Wellness Center's roster of specialists includes adult neurologist, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurologists, rehabilitation medicine specialists, physical and occupational therapists, nutritionist, psychologists and psychometricians. They work together seamlessly to give our patients multidisciplinary care tailored-fit to address their unique needs.
Official Logo of the Brain Wellness Center
The Brain Wellness Center logo is made up of three vital elements.

  • THE HUMAN HEAD - The Brain Wellness Center logo is primarily represented by the human head where the brain is located. This conveys Center's area of expertise and focus of wellness and healing.
  • THE COLORFUL AND FRUITFUL TREE - The tree depicted here as the human brain conveys the Center's primary goal of keeping its natural vitality and vibrancy. The multi-colored leaves is a representations of the brains multi-faceted functions and capabilities that when kept healthy, it will continue to be at its peak, allowing the individual to be at its best in performing his/her daily vital functions.
  • THE CHRYSANTHEMUM - The chrysanthemum known to symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life is the official symbol of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. It is positioned here side by side with the human head to depict AHMC'S over-all commitment to all its patients of providing a healthy, healing environment.

Last November 9, 2015 was the launching of Brain Wellness Center at the Upper Ground Floor, Lobby, Tower 1, AHMC of Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Alvin Rae Cenina, Head, Memory Wellness Program discussed about the Memory Wellness Program and Packages

Dr. Madeleine Grace Sosa, Chairman of Neuroscience Department Talks about the Brain Wellness Center
Dr. Shirard Adiviso, Director of Ancillary Services

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 such as work, hobbies, shopping, cooking, grooming, eating and toileting.

*Dementia occuring in patients under the age of 65 years are considered Yong Onset Dementia (YOD).

  • Recent memory loss that affects job performance
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgement
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative
  • Behavioral changes


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): STROKE CAUSING DEMENTIA - VaD is the second most common form of Dementia. It may be preventable, therefore early detection and diagnoses 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 int he 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 Alcheimer's disease and Vascular Dementia.
Opening of the Brain Wellness Center with the respective Doctors

The program is designed to evaluate the patient's memory function and identify risks f 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.

The Memory Wellness Program offers the following services:

Memory Screen Panel 
- a set of blood tests routinely tested for patients with memory complaints (example Vit B12)

Vascular Risk Screening
- Chem 12 Panel

Neurocognitive Screening
- a set of cognitive and memory tests designed to give an overview of which cognitive domains are most affected.

- MRI Dementia Screening Protocol

Comprehensive Screening Package
- All of the above with EEG and follow-up basic Psychological Tests in 6 months.
Dr. Alvin Rae Cenina, Head, Memory Wellness Program explaining about Dementia
Dementia  is an umbrella term describing  variety of diseases and conditions that develop when nerve cells in the brain (called neutrons) die or no longer function normally.

The death or malfunction of neutrons causes changes in one's memory, behavior and ability to think clearly. 

Dementia is NOT part of normal aging.
36 million people around the world are estimated to have dementia.
One in nine people aged 65 and older has dementia.

To make an appointment for consultation or screening at Brain Wellness Center, kindly please call;
Tel. No. (632) 771-9000 local 8444.

All consultation and screening is by;
Monday to Friday at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

4th Floor, Lifestyle Medicine Center, Tower 1
Asian Hospital and Medical Center
2205 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa

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