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.
Listen to Dr. Landsverk during a 15 minute interview by Craig Roberts on KFAX Radio. He asked excellent questions, and Dr. Landsverk was able to discuss the many issues involved with elders, and especially those with dementia. Click this link to listen: https://soundcloud.com/lifeline-craig-roberts/10-07-15-hour-2