A 84-year-old female asked:
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how can i tell if my elderly mom has dementia or alzheimer's?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Geriatric psychiatry: You might be noticing that your mother seems more forgetful of recent events, asks the same question over ; over, gets lost in familiar places, etc. This is not a diagnosis, though. Your mother needs a thorough evaluation with a geriatric psychiatrist who can talk with her, and get diagnostic tests. Some conditions are reversible, and also early treatment of dementia may slow the process.
Answered on Nov 9, 2013

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