Conditions That Can Cause Temporary Dementia

In reading the newspaper last Sunday, I read an article in the AARP insert by Margery D. Rosen that I thought would make an interesting newsletter. The author discusses common disorders that can mimic dementia.

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When we think of dementia we usually think of an irreversible disease process. While most dementia is not reversible, there are some causes of dementia that can be reversed; it depends on what is causing the dementia in the first place. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is important for seniors showing signs of dementia, especially to rule out disorders that, with treatment, can result in a return of normal cognitive functioning. In general, symptoms will subside when the underlying cause is treated.

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