Not all Changes in Cognition are the Result of Alzheimer’s

Not all Changes in Cognition are the Result of Alzheimer’s

There are a few other disease and medical conditions that mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, some of which can be easily remedied, and some which are more serious.  These include:

Depression A person who’s older and has bouts of forgetfulness, scattered focus, lethargy and confusion my be suffering not from a physical problem but from a psychological one that may benefit from medication or therapy.

Thyroid Conditions: An overactive or underactive thyroid can result in lethargy and forgetfulness or even agitation bordering on dementia.

Substance Abuse: The chronic abuse of alcohol or prescription drugs, like antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, sedative and sleep aids, may cause Alzheimer’s like symptoms.

Drug Side Effects Cognitive issues can be triggered by the perfectly legitimate use of cardiovascular medications, corticosteroids, antihistamines and pills to regulate cholesterol and acid reflux, amoun other ills. These effects may become especially dire if the drugs are taken in combination. This is especially true with older adults, because aging livers and kidneys don’t process drugs as efficiently, leading to a toxic overload that results in mental confusion or a variable state of exhaustion.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus A slow buildup of fluid in the brain can stress cerebral tissue. A typical first indication is uncoordinated walking, then a varying state of delirium.

Vitamin Deficiencies Anemia from depleted reserves of B12 may cause disorientation and tiredness, Likewise, shortfalls of B1 and B6 may result in the same slowness of body and mind as exhibited by Alzheimer’s patients.

Meningioma Meningioma is a benign tumor of the meninges, the membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. Presurgical symptoms include memory loss and weakness in the limbs.

Vascular Dementia This is the result of a stroke or even a mini stroke. The latter may be so subtle, in fact, that sufferers may not even realize they’ve ad one until the onset of mild to severe dementia.

*The information in this blog is for informational purposes only, Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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