I spoke with a family this week who was advised that their father’s memory would be better after a few weeks of taking medication.  I asked the daughter her understanding of the diagnosis if there was one.  She said dementia.  I explained that dementia, which is a broad term for different types of memory diseases i.e. Alzheimer’s, Pick’s Disease, Lew Body, is progressive and irreversible.  Medication is not a cure, at best it slows the rate of progression of the disease.  If you or your loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, now is the time to start planning for the long term as there are many decisions to make.

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