Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland

25 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com Boomers Resource Guide • Winter/Spring 2017-18 25 Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts your daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia. Demen- tia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function. But not all signs of memory loss point to Alzheimer’s. Below is a list of warning signs along with examples of typical aging. If you notice any of the warning signs in yourself or family members, a visit to the doctor is recommended. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and empowers you and your family to plan for your future. Alzheimer’s Association Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting re- cently learned information. Oth- ers include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or electronic Is it Alzheimer’s? Know the Signs devices) or family members for things they used to handle on one’s own. What’s typical: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. Challenges in planning or solving problems Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keep- ing track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. What’s typical: Making oc- casional errors when balancing a checkbook. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. People with Alzheimer’s often f ind it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. What’s typical: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a televi- sion show.