DEAR DOCTOR K: Lately my mind and memory have not been as sharp as usual. Could something other than aging or dementia be to blame?
DEAR READER: I'm glad you asked, because memory or thinking problems often lead people to worry that they are developing dementia. Most causes of dementia don't yet have cures. However, there are several underlying conditions that often affect memory and thinking -- conditions that can be cured. And they are often overlooked.