It’s Not Always Alzheimer’s: Other Causes of Memory Loss
Is it Alzheimer’s or something treatable?
When someone’s memory starts to go, the first thing we think of may be Alzheimer’s. But that’s not always the cause. In fact, some problems that look like Alzheimer’s are actually treatable.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
More than 100 other conditions, from vitamin and hormone deficiencies to rare brain disorders, can mimic Alzheimer’s disease, experts say. …
Alzheimer’s symptoms such as confusion, memory loss and personality changes also can be side effects from medication—even commonly used drugs.
Autopsies have found that some people are misdiagnosed as having Alzheimer’s when they really have something else, such as fluid buildup in the brain, the article notes. A neurosurgeon cautions that false hopes shouldn’t be raised. Most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s do have it. But perhaps at least a few could be helped with a different diagnosis. The article details some ways these other causes of memory loss might be found.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.