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When to Get Help: Your Guide to Age-Related Memory Loss

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Memory loss can be a challenge for most people, but having trouble remembering certain things doesn't always lead to a more serious health issue such as dementia. Some memory problems are treatable and if caught early, can be reversible.

The Alzheimer's Association
defines dementia as a "decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life." While Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia, it is not the only reason for age related memory loss. Other brain changes can be caused due to a stroke, also known as vascular dementia or by protein buildups, known as Lewy bodies.

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The National Institute on Aging explains, while not all memory loss is normal, there are certain normal age-related changes in memory. Older brains take longer to learn new tasks and have a harder time on complex memory tests, but as long as these bouts of forgetfulness don't hamper a person's ability to carry on a normal life, they are not considered detrimental or dementia.

The key to knowing when to get help is when those mental declines and memory losses seem to hinder normal life. It is important to get help as soon as possible because some memory loss issues can be reversible if caught early.

According to the Mayo Clinic, it is important to keep an eye out for behaviors such as mixing up commonly used words, getting lost in familiar surroundings, sudden behavioral or mood changes or asking the same questions repeatedly.

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Among the reversible causes of memory loss include reactions to certain medications, hypothyroidism, or vitamin deficiencies. Alcoholism and depression can also lead to memory loss.

Some people may try to hide memory problems, but if remember that and early diagnosis for Alzheimer's Disease can help manage symptoms. While there is no cure for Alzheimer's, there are several FDA-approved drugs to help slow the progression of the disease.  Researchers are working towards a "cocktail" of medications that could possibly help with future treatments.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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