Worried about memory loss?
Serious memory loss is not a part of normal aging. Ten percent of people over age 65, and half of those over 85, do develop memory and thinking problems. Greater public awareness of the impact of memory loss and dementia has led to increased concern by people affected, as well as their families.
The most common cause of dementia in older people is Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are other brain disorders that can also cause dementia. These disorders include strokes, frontal temporal disorders, Lewy body disease, and other conditions that affect the memory portion of the brain. Other important causes that may impact memory and thinking include depression, drug interactions, and thyroid problems. These are often reversible if detected early. A thorough evaluation of symptoms is necessary to determine the correct diagnosis.
Signs of Memory Loss
- Gradual decline of memory
- Decreased ability to perform routine tasks
- Decline in clear thinking
- Problems with judgment and reasoning
- Confusion, getting lost easily
- Depression, anxiety or hallucinations
What can I do?
Step 1: Contact Us
Early detection of dementia is key to beginning therapy to slow down the progression of memory loss. Our interdisciplinary team works with your doctor and family to establish a diagnosis.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, please contact our Center by calling (314) 286-1967.
Step 2: Receive an Evaluation
The purpose of the Memory Diagnostic Center is to evaluate people who may have a memory disorder.
We work closely with their doctors and families to begin therapy to slow the disease process. We also help make any life style arrangements that may be necessary. Visit our Evaluation FAQ page for more information. You can also download our brochure (pdf).