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How can I tell if my forgetfulness is age-related or the early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s?

Age-related forgetfulness is usually something like forgetting to pay a bill, not immediately remembering what day it is, or misplacing things.

Dementia, caused by damage to the brain, operates by harming the brain’s system of conveying information regarding normal communication, thinking processes, behaviors and feelings. When the cells in each region of the brain are damaged, they cannot function normally.

The early signs of dementia include poor judgment and decision making, the inability to manage budgets, losing track of the date and season, and the inability to retrace steps when misplacing things.

Dementia describes a decline in mental abilities severe enough to interfere with one’s daily life. This term does not refer to a specific disease; instead, it describes a wide range of symptoms. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which comprises 60 to 80 percent of the existing cases. There are also reversible conditions that can cause the symptoms of dementia, such as thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies and depression.

Andrea Marinkovits, Regional Director of Nursing
Commonwealth Senior Living
Western Region
www.commonwealthal.com

 

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