Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Alzheimer's/Dementia | forgetfulness | alzheimer | dementia

Is My Husband’s Forgetfulness Alzheimer’s?

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 04:50 PM

Question: My husband is forgetting things from one day to the next and sometimes when he goes somewhere he gets confused about what he’s supposed to be doing. He is also becoming very hateful toward me. Could he be in early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
These are all signs of dementia. These are not so early signs either.  Take him to your primary care physician without delay. Have him evaluated to be sure no structural disorder, such as a stroke or tumor, has affected the frontal lobe of his brain, as these conditions can sneak up silently without loss of movement or sensation.
 
A CT or MRI scan of his brain is most often reassuring and can help in designing a treatment program.

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