The aging process brings about so many changes that it can be overwhelming at times. Because of that, some seniors and caregivers tend to attribute every problem to simply getting older. However, when it comes to memory loss, it is very important to discern if it is age-related or if it signifies a more serious problem - dementia. Here are a few ways to know the difference.
Age-related memory loss
- Does not affect intelligence or decision-making abilities. It is simply a matter of forgetting minor facts or details.
- Although it is more common as people age, it is usually the same issues that younger people face, i.e., forgetting where keys are, what a person's name is, why you walked into a particular room.
- Seniors suffering from this type of memory loss are usually aware of it. They can state plainly that they forgot something or that they are aware that they asked you a specific question already.
- This is more than just an occasional annoyance. If it disrupts daily life and affects relationships with others, it is a cause for concern.
- Seniors with dementia not only forget facts, they also forget how to perform certain functions, things they used to do for years, like balancing a checkbook or driving to a specific destination.
- A person with dementia often forgets recent events and are completely unaware of it. For example, they might have the same conversation two or more times in quick succession, or they might say they haven't seen a particular person in a long time, even if they just saw them yesterday.
The best way to be sure if memory loss is age-related or if it is a sign of dementia is to speak with the doctor. In fact, whether it is memory issues, or any other limitation, a good doctor is happy to discuss everything that is going on with their patients' physical and mental health. So, if you have concerns, don't delay in making an appointment.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!