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FACTS
MEMORY
LOSS:
WHEN
TO SEEK HELP
Everyone forgets things at some time.
How often have you misplaced your
car keys or forgotten the name of a
person you just met?
Some degree of memory problems,
as well as a modest decline in other
thinking skills, is a fairly common
part of aging. There’s a difference,
however, between normal changes in
memory and the type of memory loss
associated with Alzheimer’s disease
and related disorders. And some
memory problems are the result of
treatable conditions.
If you’re experiencing memory
problems, talk to your doctor to get a
timely diagnosis and appropriate care.
Memory loss and aging
Normal age-related memory loss
doesn’t prevent you from living a full
and productive life. For example, you
may forget a person’s name, but recall
it later in the day. You might misplace
your glasses occasionally. Or maybe
you find that you need to make lists
more often than in the past in order
to remember appointments or tasks.
These changes in memory are
generally manageable and don’t
disrupt your ability to work, live
independently or maintain a social
life.
A number of conditions - not only
Alzheimer’s disease - can cause memory
loss in older adults. Getting a prompt
diagnosis and appropriate care is
important.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
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July/Aug 2014