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Dear Carol: My dad’s 79 and I’ve been worried about his memory. Mom’s got Alzheimer’s and he’s been her only caregiver for six years so that pushes him to the limit. I know that’s part of his problem, but I’m worried about him getting dementia.  I kept after him until he finally said that he’d talk to his doctor about his memory. Well, he did that, and the doctor did an office test but said that he’s fine, just stressed. I’ve read where in-office tests aren’t all that good, so what do I do now?  Dad’ healthy but I hate to see future deterioration in his functioning if that can be prevented with early medication. How do I get him to another doctor for a diagnosis? – GW

Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about how stress can affect a caregiver's memory enough that can mimic early stages of dementia:

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer

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