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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Lehr-Splawinski, Marketing Communications

What is the difference between forgetfulness and a memory disease?

As we age, many changes occur in our body including our brain, the most complex part of the human body. Some of us become little and some more forgetful in the aging process. For some, it might take a bit longer to remember something or learn a new skill. Researchers state that 40% of seniors will experience some memory loss after the age of 65. Mild forgetfulness is part of the normal aging problem.

Part of the normal aging process includes:

  • Forgetting which day/time it is or an appointment is and remembering it later

  • Not immediately remembering a word

  • Misplacing or losing things from time to time like keys etc.

The brain produces new brain cells at any age, therefore significant memory loss is not an assured result of aging. However, you must ensure to keep your cognitive skills stimulated to help prevent mild memory loss. Compared with muscle strength, you have to use it or you will lose it. Keep in mind that maintaining a healthy lifestyle has a huge impact on your health, and your brain.

What is the difference between mild forgetfulness and a serious memory disease such as Dementia/ Alzheimer's?

Forgetfulness becomes concerning when displaying the below behavioral patterns:

  • Making often poor judgments and decisions, often trust & money related

  • Falling behind in regular payments/neglecting banking

  • Frequently not remembering the date or year

  • Struggling to continue conversation/staying engaged

  • Misplacing things often & being unable to locate them

  • Asking the same questions over and over again

  • Getting lost in places a person usually knows well

  • Having trouble following directions or instructions

It's important to know a mild cognitive impairment can be caused by other causes as listed below. These problems should go away once a person completes medical treatment.

1. Some medical conditions such as:

  • Any infection such as Urinary Tract infections, Pneumonia, the flu & more.

  • Head injury -concussion from a fall/accident

  • Liver & kidney disorders

  • Thyroid problems

  • Tumors

2. Certain medications such as for hypertension, anxiety & depression, cholesterol, Parkinson's seizures, insomnia & more.

3. Vitamin deficiency such as B12

4. Eating unhealthy foods.

Learn more on the difference between normal aging & dementia:

Consult your family physician regarding any of your or a loved one's Health & well-being concerns.

As we are currently still suffering from a shortage of family Physicians here in BC. Ensure to contact promptly an urgent & primary care centre for any serious Dementia/Alzheimer's disease concerns if you or a loved one don't have currently a Family Doctor.

For more info on Urgent & Primary Care Centres in BC, visit:


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