By Jason W. Wiley, MGS
Oxford Senior Living Co-founder
As people age, it’s normal
to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person
you’ve recently met. However, Alzheimer’s Disease is more than occasional
memory loss. The disease causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die.
When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or
which roads to take to return to a home they’ve lived in for decades.
According to the
Alzheimer’s Association, 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today. So
what is the difference between the normal aging process and this deadly
disease? Here are a few indicators.
1. Memory changes that disrupt daily
life. As a part of the normal
aging process, you may forget names or appointments but remember them later. With
Alzheimer’s, you may ask for the same information over and over again, relying
heavily on reminder notes.
2. Confusion with time or place. It’s normal to forget the day of the week or your
destination – for a moment. But a person with Alzheimer’s can become lost on
their own street, not knowing how they got there or how to get home.
3. New problems with words in
speaking or writing. Everyone
has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s may
forget simple words or substitute words, making her sentences difficult to
4. Misplacing things. Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or keys. A
person with Alzheimer’s may put things in inappropriate places, like an iron in
the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
5. Decreased or poor judgment. People sometimes put off going to a doctor if they
have an infection, but eventually they seek medical attention. A person with Alzheimer’s
may have decreased judgment, for example not recognizing a medical problem that
needs attention or even wearing heavy clothing on a hot day.
6. Withdrawal from work or social
activities. It’s normal to
tire of housework, business activities or social obligations, but most people
regain their initiative. A person with Alzheimer’s may become very passive,
requiring cues and prompting to become involved.
If you or a loved one
is experiencing troubling symptoms, visit a doctor to learn more.
For more information about 24-hour memory care or
support groups near you, call (214) 491-5155 or visit www.OxfordatGrandPrairie.com. Oxford Glen Memory Care at Grand Prairie is located at 2424 N. Grand Peninsula
Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75054.
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