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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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.