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Is it Normal Aging or a Sign of Dementia?

As we age, it’s normal to have an occasional senior moment, such as temporality forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met, where you put your keys, or the title of the movie you saw last week. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to breakdown and individual to forget important details of their lives, family names, or even which route to take to return to the home they’ve lived in for decades.

 

Memory changes that interfere with daily life:

As a part of the normal aging process, you may forget names or appointments only to remember them later. Those with Alzheimer’s, will ask the same question over and over again, and may start to rely heavily on reminder notes. This can create a dangerous situation when forgetting to take medications.

 

Confusion about time or place:

It’s easy to forget an address, but a person with Alzheimer’s can become lost on their own street, or not know if its morning or night. This type of confusion is a serious safety issue until the person with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory problems is safely reunited with family or friends.

 

Word problems when speaking or writing

Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s may endlessly search for words, forget simple words or substitute words, making their sentences difficult to understand. This can quickly result in a reluctance to socialize or communicate.

 

Reduced or poor judgment:

People sometimes put off doing things, but eventually get around to them. A person with Alzheimer’s may have decreased judgment, for example not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention, leaving doors unlocked, or not turning off the oven.

 

Confused Senior Man With Dementia Looking At Wall Calendar

Withdrawal from chores or social activities

It’s normal to become tired of doing housework, and bored with regular activities or social obligations. But a person with Alzheimer’s may recognize their inability to communicate effectively, become very passive, and have little interest in doing needed tasks or in socializing.

 

Losing things:

Anyone can temporarily misplace an item.  But person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia may put things in inappropriate places, like cash in the garbage can, the remote in the freezer, or a wedding ring in the sugar bowl.

 

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