Forgetfulness or dementia?
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has launched an awareness campaign to help you understand the difference between normal, everyday forgetfulness and dementia.
It is important to understand the difference for two reasons. The first is to make it clear in your mind that not all memory loss is associated with dementia. The second is to highlight the difference in the way a person with dementia may experience the world.
Alzheimer’s Australia Vic offers the examples of the difference between forgetting where you put the car keys versus forgetting what the car keys are for, and forgetting your daughter’s birthday versus forgetting you ever had a daughter.
So how can you tell if your forgetfulness is a normal part of life, or if it is a sign of something more sinister? Take a look at these ten early signs of dementia, and if you are experiencing several of them it might be time to talk to your doctor.
Whether or not you are suffering from some of the early signs of dementia, there are always ways to lower your Alzheimer’s risk. Try one or some of these five activities to keep your brain active – remember, when it comes to dementia, you’ve got to “use it or lose it”.
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