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Memory Disorders

Almost everyone has a lapse of memory from time to time. You can't remember where you parked your car or can't remember a name. But when memory loss interferes with your work, social activities and daily tasks, you may need medical care.

Memory loss may be due to many conditions such as small strokes in the brain, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies, reactions to medications and alcoholism. Even depression can cause symptoms similar to dementia. Memory loss itself does not mean you have dementia. A comprehensive evaluation can help you understand the factors or conditions causing your memory loss.

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Other Resources

Books — See books recommended by the staff of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Support Groups — We offer support groups for our patients and their caregivers.

Videos — The UCSF Memory and Aging Center has created a series of videos to help educate patients, caregivers and health professionals about neurodegenerative diseases. Take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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