“Your body goes through a lot of changes with age,” say the experts at the CDC. “As adults age, some may experience normal age-related changes in memory and thinking. Dementia, or severe memory loss that interferes with daily life, is not part of the normal aging process. Learn what healthy aging is and what it isn’t.” Read on for the warning signs that you are “not aging normally” – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Certain Signs You May Have Already Had COVID.
“Dementia is a term for a collection of symptoms of cognitive decline, including disturbances in language, memory, attention, recognition, problem solving, and decision-making that interfere with daily activities” and “needing help with daily tasks can be a sign of dementia,” says Dementia. the CDA: “Although 5.8 million people in the US have dementia, it is not normal brain aging. You may also find that you are “incapable of performing tasks on your own.”
The CDC says that “difficulty naming items or close relatives” can be a sign of dementia. “Normal aging can lead to slower processing speeds and greater difficulty with multitasking, but routine memory, skills and knowledge are stable and may even improve with age.”
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“It’s normal to occasionally forget recent events, such as where the keys were last placed or the name of the person you just met,” the CDC says. But if you don’t remember what your car keys are for, it could be a sign of dementia.
“A person with Alzheimer’s can do or say something over and over — such as repeating a word, question, or activity — or undo something that has just been completed. In most cases, he or she is probably looking for comfort, security and familiarity.” says the Alzheimer’s Association.
“For example, losing track of what season it is, or forgetting where you are (or how you got there) are red flags you should talk to your doctor about, as these are more commonly seen in Alzheimer’s disease,” geriatrician Ronan Factora, MD, tells the Cleveland Clinic.
Your “usual tasks” may take “much longer to complete” if you develop dementia, the CDC says. “Memory concerns shouldn’t affect your ability to remain independent or go about your daily activities. Forgetfulness should definitely be examined by your doctor when it starts to change your daily life,” Dr. Factora at the Cleveland Clinic. “They’ll want to take a closer look to see if you’re able to perform common tasks as easily as before to make sure there are no deeper problems,” he says.
Again, losing your car keys happens to the best of us. But if it happens to you often – and you can’t find a variety of other everyday items either – this could be cause for concern. If you experience these or any of the other symptoms on this list, talk to your doctor to discuss. And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.