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Normal Aging vs Dementia

Many people over the age of 65 experience some type of memory loss not related to Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are not a part of normal aging. . If you don’t have an underlying medical condition like dementia causing this memory loss, it is known as “Age-Associated Memory Impairment”. This is considered a normal part of the aging process and a form of dementia. Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are different. Age-associated memory impairment and dementia can be told apart in a number of ways. Dementia is a disease that must be diagnosed by a medical professional. It is important to consult a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.        Normal Aging      Dementia Not being able to remember details of a conversation or event that took place a year ago Not being able to recall details of recent events or conversations Not being able to remember the name of an acquaintance Not recognizing or knowing the names of family members Forgetting things and events occasionally Forgetting things or events more frequently Occasionally have difficulty finding words Frequent pauses and substitutions when finding words You are worried about your memory but your relatives are not Your relatives are worried about your memory, but you are not aware of any problems . If you are worried about your memory, talk to your family doctor. Your family Doctor or a Geriatrician would be able to test you. Is it Dementia or Normal Aging? See your doctor about memory concerns; it’s important to know that forgetting someone’s name doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting...

Dementia

What is Dementia? Dementia is a progressive and generally irreversible condition of memory impairment. It is often associated with losing your mind and people find that very scary. There is a change in personality, lack of motivation and or loss of emotional control E.g.: disorientation of time, asking repeated questions, loosing things, forgetting, lying, and evading questions. Dementia works in reverse as it often affects the most recent memory and works its way back. The best way to describe Dementia is: imagine a pile of paper (metaphorically being your memory) sitting by an open window. As the wind blows, the top sheets of paper fly away as would the memory. As the disease progresses the pile of paper continues to shrink. How is Dementia and Alzheimer’s different or the same? Dementia is the onset of symptoms and Alzheimer’s is the diagnosis There are over 100 types of dementia and they are often associated with old age and we don’t want to mix natural aging with Dementia Alzheimer’s (the most common) unravelles the brain in reverse order as the brain in a child develops and effects approx 60% Vascular Dementia is caused by multiple mini stokes and effects 20-30% Dementia with Lewy Bodies is when trouble sets with initiating movement and effects approx 15-20% Early Onset Dementia effects under the age of 50 and is brought by diseases such Huntington disease or Korsakoff’s syndrome or other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s. Different stages Early Stage need for supervision in their daily life and are aware of their situation Middle Stage need for daily care and the dementia is more profound...
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