Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, a geriatrician speaks about how different medications can affect elders as they age. The Tuesday event at Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation, called “Medications and Elders: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” was sponsored by the Social Lights 4 Change professional group and Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation in Saratoga, California.
There are a wide range of conditions that mimic the symptoms of dementia, ranging from the side effects of medication to substance abuse to a buildup of fluid in the brain. It may take a series of examinations and tests to identify the underlying cause of symptoms. But the first step is for the patient or family members to recognize when professional help is needed.