Mental Health Minute: Normal Aging versus Dementia-Englewood Hospital

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,

Normal Aging:

*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.



About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" ( 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Mental Health Minute: Normal Aging versus Dementia-Englewood Hospital

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please check out the Englewood Hospital website for more information.

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