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 | memory | demential | alzheier | test

Are My Memory Lapses Dementia?

By    |   Thursday, 03 Oct 2013 10:05 AM

Question: How can I tell the difference between normal memory loss because of aging and dementia? 
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
There are psychological tests that can help tell the difference very well. Have your doctor refer you to a neuropsychologist for testing to answer this very good question, if you have doubts.
 
Remember, once lost, memory does not return, so early treatment for suspected Alzheimer's disease will delay and reduce the rapidity of memory decline. Do not bet on improving memory, or you will be disappointed, to say the least.
 
Most patients will elect a treatment strategy to preserve as much memory function as possible today for a happier and more satisfying tomorrow. Waiting until tomorrow — once the memory loss has progressed — can be less satisfying in the long term. So is it really necessary to get tested now.

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