When we experience minor and gradual memory loss we generally attribute the loss to aging. Unfortunately this memory loss could be signs of early dementia. Dementia is not actually a specific disease but describes a group of symptoms that affect your memory, language, perception, judgment, reasoning and task performance. These symptoms can some times affect a persons social and intellectual capability to function normally. There is a screening test that physicians can perform called a Mini Mental Status exam which is a series of questions that anyone can answer if they are not experiencing memory loss. Here is a link to that exam if you would care to examine yourself or someone you know who may be experiencing memory loss.KJ
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Most people experience a minor and gradual memory loss with aging that does not affect their ability to function in life. What many people accept as expected, however, may be the beginning of dementia.
Dementia is not technically classified as a specific disease, but it describes a group of symptoms affecting a person’s social and intellectual ability to function normally. These symptoms can affect your memory, language, perception, judgment, reasoning and task performance. Imagine if you could not remember how to brush your hair or tie your shoes.
About four million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s disease. There are many diseases that cause dementia, but the most common dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which typically affects people over the age of 60 to 65. Continue reading