A common myth about dementia is that it is a natural part of aging. But, Alzheimer’s and other dementias are in fact NOT a normal part of aging.
So, what is the difference between the normal aging process and dementia?
First, it is not uncommon for people over 65-years-old to experience some memory loss on occasion. This memory loss, which is not caused by a medical condition, is called “age-associated memory impairment”. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that around 40 percent of people over the age of 65 experience this memory loss. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are considered brain diseases that can cause significant memory loss.
Forgetting things from time to time is considered normal aging, but forgetting things frequently could mean dementia.
- Having a hard time remembering things that took place over a year or so ago is more of a normal aging occurrence, but having a hard time remembering recent conversations or events is an example of dementia. But,
- Forgetting names of acquaintances or people you have just met is a normal part of aging. But, forgetting or not recognizing family members and close friends is a sign of dementia.
- Often times when it is dementia, the family shows concerns and are worried about your memory, but you do not think there is an issue. People close to you will start to see subtle changes over time that you may not be aware of.
It is always best to get a neuropsych test to determine if what you are experiencing is the early stages of dementia or just a natural part of aging. Call SMART Brain Aging today to schedule an appointment at 1-855-276-2780.
Tips to help deal with normal aging memory loss
- Create a routine that you can follow daily.
- Use organizers, planners or calendars. Anything to help you stay on track and stick to your routine.
- Involve your senses. Trying using scents or visuals to help you remember and associate things.
- Get plenty of sleep!
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