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Memory Loss and Dementia

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Memory loss is a common condition for many people as they grow older. All patients with memory problems deserve a thorough evaluation to determine the cause.  Sometimes memory loss is caused by a medical condition, such as depression, anemia, or a medication side effect.  Decisions should be made early in the process to guide the patient and family in planning for the future.

A more serious and related condition to memory loss is known as dementia. Dementia is a collection of symptoms that affect intellectual and social abilities, and can profoundly interfere with daily life. There are many reasons why dementia symptoms exist, with Alzheimer’s disease being one of the most common causes of progressive dementia. Dementia can make you confused and unable to remember people and names. You also may experience changes in personality and social behavior. However, some causes of dementia are treatable and even reversible.