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Recognizing the Difference between Normal Age-Related Memory Loss and Dementia

We all forget things almost every day. We’ve all forgotten items at the grocery store, mislaid our eye glasses and key, forget to call someone back, or have trouble recalling the name of last night’s movie. No big deal, that’s normal age-related memory loss, affectionately known as a “senior moment”.”

But there is a point when forgetfulness is not normal and should be more concerning, especially in older adults. Memory loss associated with many forms of Dementia occurs when a person doesn’t recognize a formerly well-known person, doesn’t know the day or year, or consistently has difficulty remembering family information or yesterday’s headlines.

No one wants to consider that a person their 40s, 50s or 60s could have a progressive form of memory loss, though it is a possibility. 10 to 15 percent of all Dementia cases occur in people under the age of 65.

Symptoms of Dementia vary, but if you are noticing the following behaviors, it could be time to schedule time with the doctor.

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    Changes in Personality or major mood swings

  • The ability to remember and complete normal everyday tasks
  • Becoming easily distracted when reading or during meaningful conversations
  • Forgetting to attend scheduled appointments
  • Forgetting to eat or take medications
  • Accidentally mixing up or forgetting family member names
  • Not recognizing the faces of family members or close friends
  • Difficulty with focus and simple reasoning
  • Inability to solve problems, work with numbers, or pay monthly bills
  • Getting lost while driving
  • Forgetting multiple things throughout the day
  • Trouble following directions, playing games or completing normal tasks
  • Confused about location, time or month and year
  • Diminished ability to engage in spoken or written communication
  • Poor judgement and organizational skills
  • A change in sleeping and eating habits
  • Increased depression, fearfulness or anxiety
  • Withdrawing from social gathering

It’s important to note that memory loss and forms of Dementia are not an expected result for everyone who is growing older. However, if you notice a loved one is becoming increasingly forgetful, repeating the same story over and over again, or getting lost while driving home, it is important to see your doctor to determine the cause.

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