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Almost everyone occasionally forgets where they put their car keys, or loses track of an appointment. Many people over the age of 65 experience some form of age-related memory loss, which is a normal part of the aging process. It’s also natural to worry that any memory loss is a more serious condition such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Luckily there are many signs to help identify the early stages of a brain disease.
If you are worried about your loved one’s forgetfulness and think it is the first sign of Alzheimer’s, it may just be normal aging. He or she may take longer to learn new tasks or won’t remember things as well as they used to. For example, normal aging means occasionally missing a monthly bill payment. However not paying any bills or understanding a monthly budget could be a more serious sign. It can be common for a senior to forget which word to use, but a sign of trouble is if they struggle to have a full conversation.1
If you see these symptoms, it’s likely just typical signs of aging:
There are ways for your loved one to deal with regular age-related memory loss and help maintain brain health.2
If memory loss is beginning to disrupt your loved one’s life, it could be a sign of a bigger problem and a symptom of Alzheimer’s or dementia. These brain diseases cause a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If you see any of these early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, don’t ignore them and contact a doctor right away.
If you believe your loved one’s memory problems are more than just age-related forgetfulness, look to the caring staff at Peabody’s Memory Enhancement Center. The homelike design offers the most specialized, attentive and respectful care for your senior with a memory disorder. Contact us to set up a tour of this memory care community and learn more about its life-enhancing services and amenities.