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With our aging population and the significant increase in memory loss among older Americans, it is vitally important for families to understand the differences between normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Experts on memory loss at the Alzheimer’s Association® and the Mayo Clinic® emphasize that memory loss is clearly not part of the normal aging process and should be addressed immediately by a medical professional.
“Understanding the differences between memory loss and normal aging is particularly important if you have an older parent or loved one who is beginning to exhibit signs of forgetfulness and confusion,” says Steve Carney, Wellness Director and Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. “The sooner you can identify the cause of the problem, the better it will be for everyone.”
Unless you have a working knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease, the symptoms of early memory loss could seem like the normal effects of aging. After all, it’s not uncommon for any of us to have occasional ‘senior moments.’ But the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much more significant and can completely disrupt a person’s life. Beyond the basic difficulties with memory, seniors with memory loss also experience serious physical and emotional problems.
Fortunately, recognized authorities on memory loss offer proven guidelines to help you determine whether symptoms are a part of normal aging or something more serious.
Tips for Distinguishing Between Normal Age-Related Changes and Memory Loss
The Alzheimer’s Association article, “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's,” describes a list of behaviors that are considered legitimate signs of true memory loss. For contrast, they also provide a list of actions that are considered normal age-related changes.
Consider these 10 signs and the comparisons of behavior:
If a loved one is beginning to exhibit these clinical signs of memory loss, it is extremely important to schedule an examination with a physician without delay. An early diagnosis will expedite a treatment plan that will create a better life. Acting quickly also enables the person with memory loss to participate in important decisions about their care and preparing for the future.
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In addition, we invite you to read our timely blog articles and tips on current caregiver issues and memory care topics posted on our website.
Engaging Days. Meaningful Moments.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comfort of home. Our memory care community touches hearts and changes lives.
Helping Families Be “Family” Again
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
For more information, please call Sharon at 484.380.5400 or contact us online.
Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.