By Deborah Bier, PhD, director of special populations
When you or someone you love experiences a memory lapse, you may worry it is the start of dementia. Yet, most of us who have memory challenges as we age are not experiencing dementia. There are other possible causes. A doctor's visit can help you sort out the cause of your memory issue and determine if dementia is involved. Some of the most common causes of non-dementia memory loss are:
The conditions above should be carefully explored by a physician prior to making a dementia diagnosis. Even when there is dementia, medication problems and other potential conditions should be considered and addressed as needed.
Watch our video to learn more about the topic.
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Deborah Bier hosts monthly videos that focus on real-life issues for families and health care professionals who care for people with dementia.
She has a master’s in counseling psychology and a doctorate in therapeutic counseling. In addition, Deborah has obtained the following credentials:
Mental Health First Aid – National Council for Behavioral Health