Memory loss and dementia can be caused by many factors. See a physician if you or a loved one has concerns about memory loss or other dementia symptoms. A complete assessment diagnoses Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
You and your medical provider must clearly communicate to diagnose memory loss. Ask and answer questions. Be as honest as possible.
Health care professionals who want information about treatment, diagnosis, clinical trials and resources for people with dementia have several available resources.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The Oregon Geriatrics Society (OGS) provides information about seniors, geriatric health care and long-term care.
The Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC) is dedicated to improving the care of Oregon’s older adults. The OGEC is a consortium of key faculty and staff from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Pharmacy, and Portland State University Institute on Aging and School of Social Work. Consortium members bring together geriatric expertise in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social science and health care policy.
The National Institute on Aging has research and training resources for healthcare professionals.