Memory Support - May 13, 2020
We’ve all had those awkward moments when we can’t remember a word, or when we spot someone familiar but can’t put a name to the face. As our loved ones age, we may notice this type of thing happening more frequently, and we may worry that it’s more than just age-related memory loss. So, how can you tell the difference between normal aging and dementia?
Many people think that Alzheimer’s disease is synonymous with dementia, but it’s actually one type of dementia. There are several other forms of dementia including Lewy body, Parkinson’s, Vascular and Frontotemporal, just to name a few.
As the baby boomer generation ages, there is a lot more focus on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. While this information is helpful, it is good to remember that 40% of people 65 and older experience some form of memory loss, which is considered a normal part of the aging process.
What are the key differences between normal age-related memory loss and dementia? Here are some differences noted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada:
If you are concerned, please talk to your doctor. It is wise to get all the information you can, even if the memory issues are just age-related.
If a loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia, there is hope—and help. Cappella Living Solutions’ innovative Rhythms Dementia approach centers on each person’s natural rhythm of life and adapting to that. We also strive to educate everyone who is living with dementia, including families and communities, so that they feel supported and can support others on the dementia journey. Find more helpful information on Memory Support here.