Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform every day activites. Alzheimer's Disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
What's the difference between Alzheimer's/ Dementia and typical age-related changes?
- Signs of Alzheimer's/Dementia
- Poor judgement and decision making
- Inability to manage a budget
- Losing track of the date or the season
- Difficulty having a conversation
- Misplacing things and being unable to trace steps
- Typical age related changes
- Making a bad decision once in a while
- Missing a monthly payment
- Forgetting which day it is then remembering
- Sometimes forgetting which word to use
- Losing things from time to time
Alzheimer's is becoming a growing problem, there are 88,000 Minnesotans living with Alzheimer's disease, and the number is growing. Older African American and Latino American are proportionately more likely than older whites to have Alzheimer's than other dementias.
Join the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, ACT on Alzheimer's Northside Action Team and learn what we can do to Build a Dementia Friendly Community on the Northside. Check out the Community Forum on February 19th. See Community Events item for brochure