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Memory problems in an older person



Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

10-Minute ConsultationA 73 year old woman is brought by her daughter with a one year history of worsening forgetfulness. She lives on her own and has been knocking on neighbours’ doors in the middle of the night saying she needs to go shopping.  What issues you should coverHistory—Gather as much detail about the forgetfulness as possible from the patient and her daughter. When did it begin? How was it noticed? What does she forget? Is it getting worse? Does she have insight? Does she misidentify people? Does she have difficulty in looking after herself? Is she incontinent? Does she remember to take her medications? Is she anxious or depressed? Is she eating and drinking enough? Is she paying her bills? Does she have any major medical problems such as stroke, transient ischaemic attack, diabetes mellitus, Parkinson’s disease? Does she have any risk factors for cerebrovascular disease? Does she smoke or drink alcohol excessively? What . . . [Full text of this article]



Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

BMJ. (2008) Memory problems in an older person [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th June 2019].


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