Is it Alzheimer’s or Just Forgetfulness?

Senior in Pain_B&WWe all forget things from time to time. You might occasionally misplace your keys or forget the name of someone you just met. When forgetfulness starts becoming more frequent, is it a sign of Alzheimer’s?

The characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include more than just occasional forgetfulness. Other signs that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease include the decline of familiar skills such as simple math or following written instructions, difficulty learning new tasks or asking the same question repeatedly. And further beyond mere forgetfulness, a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s may exhibit signs of confusion, loss of interest in hobbies or socializing, neglecting their self-care or hygiene, getting lost or wandering.

Of course, it is important to speak with a doctor if you or a loved one begins to show any of these symptoms.

A helpful article in The Los Angeles Timesdiscusses recognizing when some early signs of dementia might signal more than just simple forgetfulness.