As we age, it’s not uncommon for our cognitive abilities to decline. However, there are signs we should pay close attention to that could indicate potential memory loss. While some factors that contribute to memory loss can be treated, which can help to reverse memory loss, conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are a lifelong diagnosis. Early detection is key for the most comprehensive care plan available. If you’re concerned with your cognitive abilities, our team at Taylor Internal Medicine recommends a physical exam and diagnostic test.

Causes of Memory Loss That can be Treated

  • Untreated sleep apnea
  • Medication side effects
  • Delirium
  • Thyroid problems

  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Depression

What to Expect at Your Physical Exam and Diagnostic Test

At your appointment, you can expect the following:

  • We’ll ask questions regarding your diet and use of alcohol
  • We’ll review medications, including over-the-counter medications
  • We’ll record your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature
  • We’ll listen to your heart and lungs

  • We’ll perform the necessary procedures to determine your overall health
  • We’ll collect blood or urine samples if needed for testing
  • We’ll ask questions in regards to what symptoms you’ve noticed and when they began

The information we gather at this exam will help us to determine if any health issues identified could cause symptoms of dementia. Further testing may be necessary.

Contact us today to learn more about cognitive testing and how we can help you get the answers you need.