Resources

 

Elder Service Links:

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Area Agency on Aging
US Administration on Aging
Mesotheliomagroup
Ombudsmen

 

Alzheimer’s or related dementia resources

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
Alzheimer’s WebMD
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Alzheimer’s – Mayo Clinic

Lewy Body Dementia: mayoclinic.com
Lewy Body Dementia: helpguide.org

Vascular Dementia – Alzheimer’s Association
Vascular Dementia – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

Ronald DeVere, MD, FAAN

  • Medical Director and Board Certified Neurologist
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
  • In private practice for 30 years
  • Member Board of Directors of the Austin Texas Chapter of Alzheimer’s Assn.
  • Member of Texas Council on Neuro Disease and Related Disorders

 

Memory Problems Are Very Common

Most of us have experienced memory problems at some time. While research is making progress in understanding how the brain is able to store over 100 trillion bits of information, we still don’t know why we can’t remember where we put our car keys. When Memory lapses begin to interfere with your ability to perform your daily activities, you may need to seek help from professionals who specialize in memory-loss problems.

What Conditions Cause Memory Decline?

Memory Decline may be an isolated complaint or part of a more generalized disturbance in mental function. Memory appears to decline with age. As we age, retrieving stored information like names becomes more difficult. Events occurring in the past are easier to retrieve than those occurring in the short term. When these problems become increasingly prominent and interfere with daily activities, one should seek professional help. A variety of medical, neurological and psychiatric disorders may be responsible for memory decline. All age groups can be affected. Some commonly recognized conditions are: side effects of many prescribed medications, alcohol and drug abuse, head injuries, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, mini-strokes, low thyroid, Vitamin B 12 deficiency and sleep apnea.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease usually begins with memory loss, but invariably other symptoms develop – such as frequent inability to find the right word, getting lost, having hallucinations and disturbed behavior. Some risk factors for Alzheimer’s are increasing age, family history, and a previous history of head injury.

Despite the strong public awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease, the diagnosis is frequently made late. Often, this is because the early signs of memory loss are attributed to aging or being “absent minded.” By the time most people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, they have already had the disorder for three or four years.

Treatment is available for Alzheimer’s Disease. If you or a loved one have problems with memory which interfere with your normal activities, we urge you to seek professional help.