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Memory Loss: Signs It Could Be Dementia and When to Seek Help

By    |   Wednesday, 06 Jul 2016 05:53 PM

Memory loss can be troubling when you notice it. While everyone forgets things from time to time, it is important to understand what is normal when it comes to memory loss and when it is time to seek help.

According to HelpGuide.org, age-related changes in memory can be frustrating, but they are not the same thing as dementia. As people age, it can take longer to recall information from the past. This is often not true memory loss since the information is usually recalled if given enough time.

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Dementia is different from age-related slowing of memory, and it is a term that encompasses many types of symptoms that represent a decline in cognitive ability and memory. Nearly 80 percent of all cases of dementia are caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The second most common cause of dementia occurs following a stroke.

The Mayo Clinic asserts that typical age-related memory loss will not prevent most people from living a normal, productive life, but you should be aware of the following signs that memory loss could be early indicators of dementia:

1. Getting lost while walking or driving in a familiar area
2. Misplacing items in inappropriate places, for example, putting car keys in a bathroom drawer
3. Increasing difficulties with following instructions
4. Taking longer to complete familiar tasks such as cooking a meal or dressing
5. Asking the same question over and over
6. Forgetting common words while speaking
7. Using incorrect words, for example saying “table” instead of “bed”

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The Alzheimer’s Association says in addition to memory loss, other functions will also be impaired when someone is developing dementia. In order to be considered dementia, at least two of the following functions need to be considerably impaired:

1. Memory
2. Communication and language
3. Visual perception
4. Reasoning and judgment
5. Ability to focus and pay attention

Because dementia is progressive, it is important to seek help immediately if you notice any of these early signs of memory loss in yourself or a loved one, urges the Alzheimer’s Association.

It is possible the memory loss comes from a treatable cause. If not, seeking help early can help slow the progression and give you time to plan for the future.

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