Memory Loss – What’s normal?

Mild memory loss is perfectly normal as we age. Forgetting where you put your keys or temporarily “losing” the car in a parking lot happens to many of us and is no cause for concern. But when memory loss begins to disrupt daily life, it may be time to see a doctor. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, there are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s…

The Alzheimer’s Association defines Alzheimer’s as a “brain disease that causes slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.” There’s no cure for the disease, but with early detection, you can get the maximum benefit from available treatments. You can also plan ahead. Different treatments focus on different aspects and may even slow or delay the symptoms of the disease. By treating common behavioral symptoms like anger, anxiety or depression, people living with Alzheimer’s can be more comfortable and enjoy a better quality of life.

10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s from the Alzheimer’s Association:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

*Information on the 10 signs from, the Alzheimer’s Association.