Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 23

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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.
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