Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

What’s the difference between the forgetfulness of old age and the memory loss of Alzheimer's and other dementias?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses how the difference between the forgetfulness of old age and the memory loss of Alzheimer's and other dementias. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript

 

It comes down to whether the forgetfulness makes a difference in your daily life. Does it affect your day-to-day living? Almost all of us will forget where we put our car keys, but we're able to go back, trace where we’ve been and eventually find the car keys. 

 Or you have trouble remembering somebody’s name. You're sitting there thinking, “Well, that kid that sat behind me in high school who used to always flick my ear, what was his name? I can’t think of that.” Then, sometime later, it’ll come to you. It’s frustrating, but it doesn’t affect your ability to do the things you need to do day in and day out. It’s delayed memory loss. It’s not really totally lost.

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Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association