When your loved ones 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 Disorder team can help you and your family determine the cause and find the best treatments.
Our specialists work with several other departments to evaluate, educate and manage patients with declining memory. We also have social workers who work solely with neurology patients who can help you and your family find helpful services in the community.
When should I be concerned?
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