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Is my husband's confusion normal?

 

Question: My husband is 71 and he has become very confused this last year. He was trying to plan a trip and could not understand the calendar. Should I be alarmed? He asks me over and over about things we are to do. He can't remember when we go to church and other things we have done for a long time. Can you help me with this?

Dr. Amy: Your husband needs a through medical assessment to diagnose what is going on with his health. He may need to be referred to a specialist. There are both temporary and permanent causes of dementia. A variety of illnesses can cause temporary cognitive impairment, and so too can some drug interactions.

I encourage you to make an appointment for your husband to see his doctor without delay. Early diagnosis gives you the best chance to treat whatever may be causing your husband’s confusion.

Good luck!

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