5 Differences Between Normal Forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s

Should You Worry about Dementia or Is It Normal Memory Loss?

Have you ever gone into a room to get something and then forgotten what you went in to get? Many people are afraid this may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. In most cases, these episodes of forgetfulness reflect either normal age-related memory loss, sleep deprivation, or stress.1 But when even later you can’t remember what you went in the room to get, or even the entire episode of going into the room, then early Alzheimer’s might be a real possibility.

Studies suggest that the earlier a person with Alzheimer’s disease is treated with anti-dementia medications, the more likely the medication will be effective in slowing the progression of the disease.2 Either from denial, fear, or just lack of education, signs of Alzheimer’s are often “chalked up to getting old,” and the diagnosis isn’t made until much later. So, what are some differences between forgetfulness of normal aging and Alzheimer’s?3

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1. Retrieving Memories…

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Article Submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN