While forgetfulness is normal, be wary of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

—Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FGSA, FAAN

Let’s dive into this week’s episode where I’ll be talking about the Difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Forgetfulness.

Forgetfulness happens during those moments when you can’t find your phone or you forget what you were going to say. It’s totally normal and happens to everyone.

Dementia, on the other hand, is a bigger deal. It doesn’t go away. It affects how your brain works and makes it hard to remember things, like your friend’s name or where you live. It can also make you feel confused and change the way you act.

While forgetfulness is normal, if someone has a lot of trouble remembering things all the time, like where they live or who their family is, it might be something more serious like dementia. So let’s talk about the differences.

✔️ What is Forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness is when you occasionally forget things, like where you put something but then you can remember it later. It’s a little hiccup in your memory, but usually nothing to worry too much about.

It happens to everyone sometimes, and it can be caused by stress, tiredness, or doing too many things at once. Forgetfulness by itself doesn’t mean someone has a serious illness like Alzheimer’s.

Important things about forgetfulness:

Sometimes Forgetting

Happens in Certain Situations

Doesn’t Get Worse Over Time

✔️ What is Alzheimer’s Disease or a related Dementia?

Forgetting Things: People with Alzheimer’s often have trouble remembering things they just learned, names, and events.

Thinking Problems: As time goes on, people with Alzheimer’s can have trouble with thinking, making decisions, and using language.

Changes in Behavior: Alzheimer’s can also make people act differently, like being confused, easily irritated, or withdrawing from friends and family.

Problems Doing Things. As the disease gets worse, people might find it hard to do basic things like getting dressed, eating, or taking care of themselves.

Gets Worse Over Time.

So, the next time you forget where you put your shoes, don’t worry too much. But if you notice someone having a hard time remembering lots of things all the time, it’s a good idea to talk to a provider to make sure everything is okay. Understanding the difference can help us support those who might need a little extra help.

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