Memory loss is often characterized as a common, typical side effect of aging. It is important to know and understand the difference between typical memory loss due to aging and warning signs of Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Some common signs of typical age related memory loss include:
It is vital to recognize early signs of Alzheimer’s to get diagnosed early and be able to make a plan. The following are several warning signs attributed to Alzheimer’s or other dementia's:
Although a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementia's has not been found yet, early detection is still important. Do not hesitate to see your doctor, a “senior moment” could be just that but better to have all the correct information. If you or your loved one is diagnosed, you can take the time to visit the correct specialists, begin medication or treatment that can prolong independence and slow down the effects. This will also give you time to talk about a plan, what will your loved one want to do once they are unable to make decisions for themselves? Will they want to stay at home with the help of caregivers or move in with you? What is their financial situation?
Do not leave yourself with the burden of making these decisions without their guidance. Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be scary, confusing, and stressful but by knowing and understanding the signs you can utilize precious time you may have otherwise lost.