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A 71-year-old female asked:

i am 71; memory is good but i am so distracted and can't seem to finish a task. is it sign of dementia? i don't get joy from much in life.

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Perhaps.....: Perhaps it is a sign of depression. If your life lacks joy, concentration is poor, sleep or appetite are altered, you aren't as motivated to be involved with other people or activities - let your doctor know. Take care carol b.
Dr. Raymond Coffin
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
As we move thru life, the activities that hold meaning for us may shift, and activities that used to engage and energize us simply don't any more. The need to find new meaning in life may underlie the symptoms that concern you. If so, it's important to frame the problem correctly. Adequate sleep, exercise, even medication may help, but clarifying what truly matters to you now may be at the core.
Jul 15, 2015
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many conditions that can lead to these symptoms from poor sleep to thyroid problems to more serious problems like depression or possibly dementia. See your primary care provider for a full check up including a review of any over the counter medicines you use.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
If medical workup unremarkable, pseudodementia (depression) is likely.
Aug 4, 2013

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