Everyone can be forgetful. Have you ever walked into a room only to forget why? Have you ever misplaced your car or house key? As we age we are often afraid that having lapses in memory could indicate dementia. It is normal to be a little more forgetful as you age, but there are important differences between forgetfulness and dementia.
Some indicators for dementia are as follows: needing help from others to perform daily tasks, unable to recall forgetfulness, family members are concerned about your memory, trouble finding the right words, mood swings, or disorientation ( getting lost while out).
If you experience these symptoms then you should make an appointment with your doctor. Make sure you have a written list of your concerns and bring all of your medications and supplements with you to the appointment. The doctor will perform a complete physical exam and a mental status assessment. Even though there is no cure for dementia with proper support from your family and doctor a support plan can be implemented to help you live with dementia.