Behaviors

Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

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. 

The Wild, Wild West of Medication

The Wild, Wild West of Medication

Medications can be like the Wild, Wild West in dementia. Too many medications, too many side effects, too little focus on treating pain. What to do?

Always Check the Meds First

Always Check the Meds First

Sometimes, the medications ARE the problem, not the disease

Don’t Give up Too Soon

Don’t Give up Too Soon

If you have an elder who goes into the hospital, and you don’t think his or her problem has been solved yet, ask the medical team why it hasn’t been solved. Push to keep the patient in the hospital until the problem is solved. Don’t give up. Ask the hard questions.