Is it dementia? Here's a quick way to tell

It's one of the most common concerns I hear from seniors, one that often comes with more than a little panic in the voice.

"Doc, I think I have dementia!"

And for every patient who asks a doctor about memory loss there are hundreds more who quietly worry at home, afraid to even raise the topic because they don't want to hear the bad news.

Well, my friend, I've got some good news for you instead: Odds are, you don't have dementia.

A little memory loss is perfectly normal as we age, and a new bulletin from the FDA shows a simple way to spot the difference between those plain old "senior moments" and the worrying signs of something far worse.

Basically, the plain old brain burps are nothing to worry about. We all lose our glasses, forget to pick up the milk and maybe we're not as good at Jeopardy! as we used to be.

But if you're doing odd things like remembering the milk but putting it in the cupboard instead of the fridge after getting lost on the way home, you might have something else going on -- something that needs a little attention from your doctor.

In short, memory loss that's annoying is nothing to worry about.

Memory loss that messes up your life and or daily function -- including problems with money, hygiene, and driving -- could be a warning sign of something more severe.

This isn't a hard and fast rule, just a general guideline -- because the new report also considers forgetting where you've parked your car to be a warning sign. And let's face it: If that were true, many of us would've been diagnosed with dementia YEARS ago!

if you're still not sure... or if you're worried about memory loss in general... don't fear bad news, and don't be afraid to mention it to a doctor.

Quick action now could have save your brain and make sure you never suffer from dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

I've been at this a long time, and I can tell you that many of the people who THINK they have dementia actually have something else going on -- something that can be easily treated and even reversed.

For example, the most common cause of memory loss isn't age or disease.

It's drugs!

Common medications cause brain fog, memory loss and dementia-like symptoms. Sometimes it's not a single med, but a combination of all the drugs seniors are practically forced to take.

Work with a holistic doctor to get off the meds you don't need and onto safer natural options when they're available, and you can sweep many of the cobwebs right out of the attic.

There's one common class of drug in particular that's notorious for causing memory loss in seniors... and new research shows how you probably don't even need it.