Normal Memory Loss or Dementia?

Developing dementia is one of the most pressing fears of aging adults, but it’s important to note that memory loss and dementia are not synonyms. Memory loss (in any form) can cast a heavy cloud which shadows rational thought and cause unwarranted stress. Many people don’t realize that, as we age, certain forms of memory loss are actually normal. Losing a set a keys or forgetting a name does not necessarily mean dementia is on the horizon. Before you grow fraught and anxious about changes in memory, consider these truths:

  • The ability to retrieve memories on demand, the “it’s on the top of my tongue” feeling, diminishes naturally with age. An increased tendency to forget facts and events is also normal. These occurrences (and more) do not mean cognition is impaired.
  • Your genetic make-up, family history and lifestyle habits provide valuable information about your risk for cognitive decline.
  • There are excellent tests available to decipher cognitive health. No need to sit and wonder. Speak to a healthcare provider about your concerns.
  • Everyday, innovators are discovering new assistive devices to help with both naturally-occurring memory loss and diagnosed dementia. The latest technologies are making life easier.
  • Your genetic make-up, family history and lifestyle habits provide valuable information about your risk for cognitive decline.
  • Humor helps. Forgot your first-born’s birthday? Ha! Laugh it off. This can help reduce the release of the stress hormone, cortisol. High levels of cortisol in the body can impede memory even further.

Memory loss can be frustrating and frightening, but patience and compassion can help make a difficult situation better. We think more clearly when our hearts aren’t heavy. If you or a loved one are concerned about memory loss, call us at 1.877.687.7380 or contact us at


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