5 Medical Conditions That May Mimic Alzheimer’s Disease
When memory loss strikes in an older adult, Alzheimer’s Disease is often one of the first thoughts that come to mind. While Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, there is always the possibility that the memory loss could not be related to dementia at all. There are other medical conditions, besides Alzheimer’s, that can cause memory loss:
Delirium – Delirium is associated with impaired memory, orientation, attention, and concentration. Lots of things can cause delirium but it is often seen in older adults during times of illness or if taking a lot of medication.
It would not be uncommon for an elderly person to develop something as simple as a urinary tract infection (UTI) and then develop the symptoms listed above. You can also expect for the symptom to improve significantly with the treatment of the underlying cause. The onset is usually quick in presentation for delirium whereas Alzheimer’s typically has a slower progression of significant symptoms.
Depression – Memory loss can be a major complaint about those suffering from