Aging or Alzheimer’s? How to Spot the Difference Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Memory issues can be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but are also a common side effect of aging. It may not always be easy to differentiate between what’s normal and what’s not. Individuals experiencing memory problems can display a variety of symptoms from cognitive function to behavioral responses. Pay close attention if you notice your loved one is experiencing problems focusing, difficulties communicating, or drastic changes in their personality. Keeping track of the small changes can make it easier to decide if it’s time to seek a professional evaluation or consult with a healthcare provider. Significant Differences Between Similar Behaviors If you’re having trouble identifying if your loved one is experiencing a decrease in memory function or just experiencing natural side effects of getting older, here are some examples of common behavioral differences between aging and Alzheimer’s. Normal aging may involve: Making a poor decisionExperiencing occasional confusionMissing a paymentForgetting the dateHaving trouble finding the right word in a conversationMisplacing common itemsForgetting an appointment or social plan Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease may involve: Making poor decisions repeatedlyExperiencing frequent confusionHaving trouble managing money on a regular basisLosing track of days or yearsStruggling with basic communicationConstantly losing important itemsConsistently missing appointments or social events Willow River is Here to Help At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 to start the conversation today.