From the monthly archives:

January 2011

All of us forget things, especially as we grow older.

Should we worry?

If we lose our glasses, or our keys, or can’t think of words we should know, that’s probably just mild forgetfulness. No problem.

But if it’s worse, it might be mild cognitive impairment. With this, you can function, but tend to forget things much more than others in the same age group. This could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.

Serious memory loss can indicate dementia. It’s serious if you:

Keep asking the same questions

Get lost in places you know well

Can’t follow simple directions

Stop eating, bathing, and start doing things that aren’t safe.

These symptoms could be from Alzheimer’s disease, or vascular dementia. Evaluation by a physician is key.