Is it Alzheimer’s or Just Normal Memory Loss?

We’ve all misplaced our keys, lost our car in the parking lot or forgot what we walked into the next room for. Forgetfulness and occasional memory loss are completely normal and just as our bodies age, so do our minds.

But how do you know when you have something more to worry about?

Experts say that adults in their 50’s will often times begin to notice that they have trouble remembering things. They will use reminders more often and will start to wonder if they have a problem.

Normal forgetfulness may include things like:

  • Forgetting parts of an experience
  • Forgetting where you parked the car
  • Forgetting events from the distant past
  • Briefly forgetting a person’s name

If this sounds like what you are experiencing from time to time, there probably is no need to worry.

Some memory loss symptoms that may warrant a memory screen or visit to the doctor may include things like:

  • Forgetting an entire experience
  • Forgetting how to drive a car or read a clock
  • Forgetting recent events
  • Forgetting having ever known a particular person
  • Loss of function, confusion or decreased alertness

Symptoms that seem to progress and get worse, may also be a signal to get checked.