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Getting a diagnosis

The early detection and diagnosis of changes in your memory and thinking skills is important to determining appropriate treatment.  At Memory Matters we perform comprehensive neuropsychological assessments that are sensitive to early cognitive change.  The assessment results can also be used to determine an accurate diagnosis.

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what patients ask regularly about

I have memory loss. Does that mean I have dementia?

No. Memory loss can have many different causes.  Increased forgetfulness is often associated with normal aging, anxiety and depression, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems,increased alcohol use and more.  A neuropsychological assessment can help establish the cause.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with decline in memory and other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is one cause of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, or dementia due to small stroke-like changes in the brain, is the second most common cause.

Is there a cure for dementia?

This depends on the cause. If it is for example due to a vitamin deficiency, thyroid problem, or increased alcohol use the condition can be reversed. Unfortunately, there currently is no cure for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia but there are medications available to slow down the progression of the disease.

What is an ABI?

ABI stands for Acquired Brain Injury. It relates to any condition of the brain that is caused by events after birth, rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder. Some of the causes of ABIs are trauma such as a fall or car accident, stroke, cerebral haemorrhages, brain tumours, Drugs and alcohol, multiple sclerosis, hypoxia and Parkinson’s disease.

I had a brain injury in a car accident. Will I fully recover?

How well you recover from a brain injury depends on several factors including how severe the injury was and your health prior to the accident. You are more likely to achieve a better outcome if you had a mild injury compared to a more severe injury. Many people experience changes in their thinking skills for many years after sustaining the injury but manage to achieve good independence by developing mechanisms for coping with their ongoing problems.