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When are senior moments a cause for worry?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

Many people have what they jokingly refer to as senior moments. Something basic simply slips out of the grasp of their minds for the moment. Is it dementia? Is it early onset Alzheimer's disease? In most cases, the answer is no. Sadly, in some cases it is.


If you are having trouble with your memory, schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk about your symptoms. Have a physical and check blood work.


Chances are good that you may simply have a medication side effect or a correctible metabolic issue. If, however, you do have early dementia (such as Alzheimer's), starting medications sooner rather than later will absolutely slow the progression of your disease.

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