Have you been losing the house keys or forgetting names of friends and neighbors? These kinds of memory lapses are not unusual in older adults. But if this type of forgetfulness is happening frequently, you should consider seeing a doctor.
Of course, nobody likes to think about Alzheimer’s. The question is how do you tell the difference between typical memory loss and early signs of the disease? To get started answering that question, take a look at the guideline below from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to recognize some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s:
How the doctor can help
You doctor will look at a number of factors when assessing memory loss, including:
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s there are a number of approaches to treating or delaying it, including the use of support groups, physical and mental activities and medications.
Can you improve your memory? Yes!
Some memory problems can be helped. Try these activities:
It’s not always Alzheimer’s
If you’re having trouble remembering things, that doesn’t automatically mean it’s Alzheimer’s. There are a variety of causes for memory problems, including medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, infections or blood clots in the brain and other reasons. Your doctor can help with any of your questions. And if you haven’t had your annual wellness exam, this may be a good time to get it.
Alzheimer’s disease and normal aging: a comparison
Frequently making poor decisions
Making poor decisions every once in a while
Difficulty handling monthly bills
Sometimes forgetting a payment
Losing track of the day or time of year
Occasionally forgetting what day it is
Having a hard time talking to others
Sometimes forgetting the right word
Frequently losing items or putting them in odd locations
Losing items from time to time
Most recent update: 1/4/2018
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