Is It Alzheimer’s?
How do you tell the difference between typical memory loss and early signs of Alzheimer’s disease? To get started answering that question, take a look at the guideline below from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to recognize some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s:
Of course, as we age, we all occasionally misplace the house keys or forget the name of our neighbor. Those kinds of memory lapses are not surprising in older adults. But if answered yes to any of the above questions, you should consider seeing a doctor.
How the doctor can help
A checkup for memory loss may include:
Of course, there’s no cure for Alzheimer’ but that doesn’t mean there’s no help. Doctors manage the disease through the use of support groups, physical and mental activities and medications.
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Frequently making poor decisions
Making poor decisions every once in a while
Difficulty handling monthly bills
Sometimes forgetting a payment
Losing track of the day or time of year
Occasionally forgetting what day it is
Having a hard time talking to others
Sometimes forgetting the right word
Frequently losing items or putting them in odd locations
Losing items from time to time
Can you improve your memory? Yes!
Some memory problems can be helped. Try these activities:
It’s not always Alzheimer’s
If you’re having trouble remember things, that doesn’t mean it’s Alzheimer’s. Memory loss can also be caused by medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, infections or blood clots in the brain and other reasons. Reach out to your doctor if you’re concerned about your memory. And if you haven’t had your annual wellness exam, this might be a good time to schedule it.
Most recent update: 1/4/2018
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