Mental Health Minute: Normal Aging versus Dementia-Englewood Hospital
This information was taken from AHCPR Clinical Practice Guidelines NO. 19 Publication.
As we age are brains go through changes as well. It is normal to forget where you parked your car in a crowded parking lot or where you placed your car keys. However, it’s not normal to forget that you drove your car to the busy shopping center or what your keys are used for. Below are some differences in what is considered normal and what may be signs of dementia. For more information please visit the Alzheimer’s Association Web site, http://www.alz.org.
*Complains of memory loss but able to provide considerable detail regarding incidents of forgetfulness.
*Recent memory for important events, affairs, conversations are not impaired.
*Occasional word-finding difficulties
*Does not get lost in familiar territory; may have to pause momentarily to remember the way.
*Maintains prior level of interpersonal skills.
*May complain of memory problems only if specifically asked: unable to recall instances where memory loss was noticed.
*Notable decline in memory for recent events and ability to converse.
*Frequent word-finding pauses and substitutions.
*Gets lost in familiar territory while walking or driving may take hours to eventually return home.
*Exhibits loss of interest in social activities; exhibits socially inappropriate behaviors.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Mental Health Minute newsletter from Englewood Hospital. I give them full credit on it.