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.