As we age, it is common to have some episodes of memory loss from time to time. This is known as “age associated impairment”. But experiencing severe memory loss often and other on top of other signs could mean that you are experiencing early onset dementia.
So, how do you know if the signs you are experiencing is dementia and not a normal part of aging?
Common Signs of Dementia
- Memory loss that disrupts your daily life
- Having a hard time recalling recent events or conversations
- Forgetting family and friends
- Challenges with problem solving (for example, having trouble following a recipe you are used to making)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Forgetting the way while driving to familiar places
- Trouble remembering details and rules of a game
- Misplacing things and putting them in unusual spots
- Poor judgement with money
- Withdrawal from hobbies and activities
- Change in mood (depression, anxiety)
- Repeating the same thing over and over again
If you are concerned about seeing signs of early onset dementia, you should get a screening with a neuropsychologist like Dr. John DenBoer at SMART Brain Aging. During the screening, we can help determine if you are experiencing early onset dementia and can help guide you through the process. Dementia is not a natural part of aging and there is currently no cure. But there are things you can do to mitigate dementia.
Things to Remember for Healthy Aging
- Participate in physical exercise on a regular basis, ideally a few days each week
- Stick to a healthy diet
- Get routine medical checkups (This included brain screenings!)
- Get plenty of sleep
- Participate in cognitive exercises on a regular basis, ideally a few hours each week (Train your brain today with Brain U Online, our online brain game program)
Interested in getting a screening and learning more about how you can mitigate the onset of dementia? Contact SMART Brain Aging today!
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