Everyone has days where they can’t remember where they put their car keys or open the refrigerator and don’t remember what it was they were looking for. As we age this can seem to happen more frequently. You may even wonder if your forgetfulness is a sign of something more, like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term referring to a decline in mental ability including memory loss. However with dementia the decline is severe enough to interfere with daily life.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, the second being vascular dementia which often occurs after a stroke.
Some Health Issues Can Cause Dementia Like Symptoms
There are many different reasons someone might experience memory problems – and the reason isn’t always dementia. Some health issues such as thyroid problems, stress, vitamin deficiencies or certain medications can cause dementia-like symptoms but can be reversed when properly managed. It is important to talk to your doctor to determine the underlying cause.
While you don’t need to worry every time you can’t find your keys – you should pay attention to how often memory loss is happening to determine a pattern. Consider keeping a journal and writing down the date, time and what was happening around you. This information could help your doctor properly diagnose and treat your symptoms.
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