Everyone struggles to come up with a name once in a while. But how can you tell if it’s more serious?. One symptom alone does not necessarily indicate that a person has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Dementia is chronic loss of cognition, usually affecting memory, and Alzheimer’s causes 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
There are many other causes of memory loss, including vitamin B12 deficiency, and brain, thyroid, kidney, or liver disorders. However, having several other symptoms could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
1. Memory Loss
When you get older, your memories start to fade, but with Alzheimer’s, you completely lose memories some of your memories. Some of these memories can be when you first met your spouse, the date of your child’s birth, and even the way your mother looks are all things you may forget. The loss of these memories can be shocking and proper treatment is the only way to stem this loss.
Serious memory loss and confusion are not a normal part of aging. But forgetfulness caused by stress, anxiety, or depression can be mistaken for dementia, especially in someone who is older. Memory loss isn’t consistent, and people with AD may forget the dog’s name one day and remember it the next.