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Is It Dementia?

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Schedule a consultation with a Memory Clinic provider now. Choose a time that works for you.

As people age, there is often worry when a name or a word can’t be remembered or car keys are misplaced. People wonder if it is the beginning of dementia.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of changing cognitive abilities.

Symptoms may include:

  • Forgetting recently learned information
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty driving to a familiar location
  • Confusion about the time of day
  • Difficulty reading, judging distance, or determining color or contrast
  • Difficulty following or initiating a conversation
  • Placing items in odd places; accusing other of stealing or losing ability to retrace steps
  • Frequently making poor decisions
  • Paying less attention to own physical appearance
  • No longer initiating activities once enjoyed
  • Rapid mood swings