Is your memory not what it used to be? It’s possible that your memory problems are simply a sign of aging as we all have some normal memory loss with age. But please do NOT ignore these “senior moments” as they could be a warning sign of something much more serious.
If you feel your memory is not what it used to be or seems to be getting worse you should have a proper evaluation. Since Dr. Alois Alzheimer first published his important paper in 1907 describing the hallmark brain changes in Alzheimer’s Disease, scientists all over the world have been searching for a treatment. Recently the United States FDA approved the world’s first medication to successfully slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time ever, a treatment now exists to slow the course of this devastating disease.
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease as early as possible could help preserve precious memories. According to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, most patients want a diagnosis, but sadly only 33% of patients receive one – leaving many caregivers and families in the dark while losing precious time to seek treatment that could possibly slow it’s progression. Thankfully, there are FDA approved scans that are safe, simple and help provide an accurate diagnosis.
IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ALWAYS THE CAUSE OF MEMORY LOSS?
No. But Alzheimer’s is the #1 cause of Dementia in about 80% of cases. There are many causes of memory impairment so a proper evaluation is critical as some causes of memory loss can be diagnosed, treated, and reversed. Two recent high-profile cases of non-Alzheimer’s dementia have been in the news: the actor Bruce Willis was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia/Aphasia and the comedian/actor Robin Williams was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you, a friend, or a loved one are experiencing memory loss, currently taking a medication such as Donepezil or Memantine, or just interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Curtis at (352) 500-5252 or visit www.CraigCurtisMD.com to learn more and schedule a free in-office memory evaluation. There is no cost for the memory evaluation. Please do not delay.
Be sure to hear Dr. Curtis speak at our VHA Health & Wellness Expo