Dr. Daniel Kaufer, Director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program, provides an overview of dementia and describes some of the early symptoms in the following video.

The following behaviors may be possible reasons to be evaluated:

  • Repeating oneself
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Difficulty managing a checkbook
  • Difficulty finding words
  • Impaired judgment
  • Change in personality and behavior

Please visit the Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia page for a detailed description of each stage of dementia. Additional videos and evaluation methods may be found on the Professional Screening and Evaluation Tools page.

Other Possible Reasons for Memory Loss

Many individuals begin experiencing memory loss and fear that they have dementia. There may be another explanation for memory loss including:

  • Mismanaged medications
  • Hormonal deficiencies
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Transient Ischemic Attacks
  • Delirium
  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Infections
  • Alcohol Use