Getting Into Their Heads: The Advantages of Not Arguing With Someone Who Has Dementia
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Is It Alzheimer's or Something Else?

Dear Carol: My dad is getting forgetful. He’s intelligent and has always prized his memory. I’ve heard medication can slow dementia, so I’d like him to be evaluated, but he doesn’t think he has a problem. What do I do? – Guy
Dear Guy: First of all, make sure this memory issue that worries you isn’t just “retrieval time.” People’s ability to access stored memory tends to slow down with age, partially because the brain is so saturated with the information gathered over the years that sifting and retrieving information takes longer. This isn’t the same as dementia-related memory loss.
However, if your dad is having true memory problems, say he forgets what he just said to someone a hour before or can’t remember something about the grandchildren that was always tops in his brain, then there’s something to be concerned about.

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