On December first of 2008 we went to my husband's doctor. I told her of concerns about his memory. A year ago he scored 29 out of 30 on a memory test. That day he scored 22 out of 30. She told my husband that he has dementia. A brain scan was ordered and he had that scan on December fifth, his 71st birthday. A week later we learned that his brain was normal, but obviously he does have dementia.
We are assuming that he does not have Alzheimer's. However, he is taking two medicines for his short-term memory: Exelon Patch and Namenda. These medicines should slow down the dementia.