Dementia is NOT a normal part of aging!
Is it really dementia?
Some possible reversible causes that can mimic dementia (not a complete list):
***Dramatic changes or sudden onset of changes requires immediate attention and medical evaluation***
A medical evaluation is always encouraged, even If the changes are more gradual, because dementia is not a normal part of aging, therefore, don’t ignore signs and symptoms.
Things to consider:
Memory Screen – Confidential screening to determine if there are indicators that a more formal evaluation is necessary. Memory Screens are offered for FREE by trained staff at the ADRC, but Memory Screens are also typically available with family doctors at all medical clinics. (Memory Screens do not diagnose any conditions, they serve as a tool to identify changes in cognition.)
Medical Evaluation – Evaluation by medical professional, typically the family doctor or primary care provider. Evaluation will include a review of the whole person to be sure some other medical reason is not to blame for the changing cognition.
Memory Clinic – Specialty service with comprehensive evaluations that will likely aid in determining the cause of the cognitive changes and whether or not the condition is reversible.
Driving Evaluation – Assessment by trained Therapist that typically includes; physical ability to operate vehicle, reaction time, cognition and attention, vision, and general Wisconsin road knowledge. Available in Central Wisconsin at Aspirus (1-800-847-4707) and Marshfield Clinic (715-387-7885)