Normal Aging vs. Alzheimer's Disease
As we age, we all begin to occasionally forget things – that's normal, and it's expected. But the changes that occur in Alzheimer's disease go far beyond mild forgetfulness.
It's important for you to know that many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as naturopathic and alternative therapies, can cause side effects that may affect one's mental abilities. So be sure to discuss medication use with a doctor if you feel that you are seeing abnormal signs.
For a quick overview of how the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease differ from normal aging, take a look at this table:
|Normal aging||Early signs of Alzheimer's disease|
Forgetting the names of people you rarely see
Forgetting the names of people
Briefly forgetting part of an experience
Forgetting a recent experience
Not putting things away properly
Putting things away in strange places
Mood changes because of an appropriate cause
Having unpredictable mood changes
Changes in your interests
Decreased interest in activities
If you’re seeing any of the above signs in someone close to you, it’s a good idea to start keeping track of these signs in the Symptom Diary. You’ll be one step closer to getting a diagnosis and if it is Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll be better equipped for a discussion with a doctor.
Next: Symptom Diary