Is Dementia a Normal Part of Aging?
We’ve probably all forgotten something before, whether it’s a pair of keys or a pile of laundry. In most cases, we chalk this up to one of the consequences of aging. Yet are there times that memory loss might signal something more serious? At Main Line Adult Day Center, we know that your loved ones are a priority, so we’ve got a few tips to help you determine the differences between normal aging and dementia.
Our perceptions around healthy aging have changed quite a bit over the years. Nowadays, it is normal for us to consider normal aging in different ways than before. It’s now common for normal age to be characterized as having an active and engaged mind and strong social life. Many people have consistent exercise programs which are also part of a healthy aging process. Good nutrition is important, too.
Memory problems can be the result of many different factors. Some medications, for example, can cause you to be more forgetful. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, anti-Parkinson’s drugs, narcotics, sedatives and cardiovascular drugs. In addition, low or high thyroid levels have also been linked to an increased level of forgetfulness. Certain vitamins can also be responsible for memory loss.
If your loved one begins repeating stories or asking the same questions, then this might be cause for more concern. You might discover your loved one begins forgetting the day of the week, too. For example, he or she might ask “Is today Friday or Saturday?” Signs like these are good indicators that a visit to a medical professional is in order.
With the right research and care, your loved one can continue living a happy and healthy life, despite changes in cognition. If dementia is suspected, a trusted health care provider will also help you navigate this diagnosis to make the right choices, as well.