Monday, March 11, 2013


Is it normal forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s?

Haven't we all misplaced the car keys occasionally or drawn a blank on someone's name just as we were about to make introductions?

Sometimes we feel frustrated at this occasional forgetfulness. Sometimes we worry if it could be a sign of early Alzheimer's Dementia.

Recently, a vital, vibrant lady who is in her early 80s described some episodes of forgetfulness and asked me if she could be "getting Alzheimer's."

I reassured her that what she was experiencing was common for someone of any age. But I decided to do a little research to prove my assertions. I checked out the Alzheimer's Organization website

Here are some signs of Alzheimer's compared with typical age-related changes:

•  The most common sign of Alzheimer's is memory loss, particularly forgetting recently learned information. Asking for the same information over and over is another significant sign. Normal age-related change would be forgetting an appointment or event, but remembering it later.
•  We all lose things from time to time and that can be frustrating, but it's pretty normal. Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them is a sign of Alzheimer's.
•  Losing track of the date or the season is a sign of Alzheimer's. It is a typical age-related change to forget which day it is and remember it later.
•  We all make a bad decision once in a while. If poor decision-making and bad judgment becomes routine, further investigation is warranted.
•  A typical age-related change is sometimes forgetting which word to use. A sign of Alzheimer's would be difficulty having a conversation.

I was going to add something to this list, but now I don’t remember. Hopefully I’ll remember it later.

Alice Facente is a community education nurse for the Backus Health System. To comment on this column or others, visit the Healthy Living blog at or e-mail Ms. Facente or any of the Healthy Living columnists at

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