When parents or grandparents can't remember what they're told, it's natural to worry. Is this just normal aging or a sign of more serious problems? If memory loss is a concern, Gundersen’s Memory Center can help patients and their families determine the cause of memory loss and find the best treatments.
Specialists in Gundersen’s Memory Center work with several other departments to evaluate, educate and manage patients with declining memory. They will also help patients and their families find helpful services in the community and offer an in-house educational program.
Mild forgetfulness, such as not being able to remember names, can be a normal part of aging. It may be a sign of more serious problems if a person has troubles remembering how to do things they’ve done before or how to get to places they’ve been to many times. It might be time to have some specialized memory tests.
Severe memory loss could be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. However, memory loss can be related to other health conditions that can be treated. Some examples include:
- Medication side effects
- Vitamin deficiency
- Tumors or infections in the brain
- Blood clots in the brain
- Thyroid, kidney or liver disorders
- Emotional problems