Dec 06

Understanding the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia

By MD for Seniors

Understanding what makes dementia different from age-related memory loss is crucial when caring for your parent.

Forgetfulness is common.

We’ve all misplaced the car keys, forgotten to reply to an email and drawn a blank at the grocery store after leaving the shopping list at home. But there is a point when forgetfulness is more concerning, especially in older adults.

“Many people have difficulty recalling someone’s name, at times,” said Rita Altman, senior vice president of Memory Care and Program Services at Sunrise. “A truer sign of dementia occurs when a person doesn’t recognize a formerly well-known person, doesn’t know the day or season, or has difficulty remembering new information.”

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