Memory loss or dementia is not a normal part of aging.
Many people have memory loss issues. This does not mean they have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. There are many different causes of memory loss, some of which may be treatable. Learn more about the warning signs or download the 10 Warning Signs worksheet.
The first step in getting help for a memory problem or suspected dementia is to have a thorough medical examination. During an evaluation, treatable conditions that affect memory can be found and treatment can begin immediately. Learn more about how Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed.
Getting a diagnosis early is very important. If there is a suspected dementia, an early diagnosis allows you to learn more about living well with dementia and plan for the future. Learn more about the value of early detection and diagnosis.
"If we could have had a correct diagnosis even two years earlier, it would have given us more time to plan, to do the things that can result in a good quality of life and to accomplish things we always wanted to do that got put off for this reason or that."
- Jay Smith, husband of Patty, diagnosed 2 years after onset of symptoms
Years ago, Bob Wellington and his wife, Juanita, faced the question of whether or not to schedule a medical evaluation for dementia. Based on their experience, learn what to expect during the medical evaluation process — and be sure to watch the video of Bob and Juanita sharing insights from their journey.
Facts About Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Oral Health and Dental Considerations
Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
Concerned about Memory Loss for Yourself or Someone Else?
To review a questionnaire that you might take to your next health care provider visit, click on the “Download Now” link below
Let’s Talk Dementia videos
Brief videos of Washingtonians with dementia and their care partners, sharing how they knew something was amiss and how an early diagnosis has helped them.