Memory & Dementia

Memory changes or other changes in how your brain works can be scary. Understanding the difference between “Normal Aging” and “Not Normal Aging” is the first step in sorting out these changes. There are many reasons brain changes take place.

Dementia is not part of normal aging. It is a disease. There are other medical conditions, however, that may mimic the signs and symptoms normally associated with dementia. These other conditions should be considered and treated by a health care provider as needed.

Dementia Care Specialist

Individuals, families, caregivers and the community can get education and support about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, brain health, and memory screens from our dedicated dementia care specialist.

You can get answers to questions like "What Memory Changes are Normal?" and find brain health information on our Healthy Living section. For example, the lists below identify types of brain changes. If you or someone else you know has symptoms from the right side, contact the ADRC for information on memory screens or resources for a thorough medical assessment.

  • Slower to think

  • Slower to do

  • Hesitates more

  • More likely to “look before you leap”

  • Know the person but not the name

  • Pause to find words

  • Reminded of the past

  • Can’t think the same

  • Can’t do like before

  • Can’t get started

  • Can’t seem to move on

  • Doesn’t think it out at all

  • Can’t place the person

  • Words won’t come-even later

  • Confused about the past

Dementia Live

You can get a sense of what it's like to live with Dementia Live, a training available virtually through our Dementia Care Specialist. The transformative dementia simulation empowers participants and helps them develop empathy for those experiencing dementia.

Know the Ten Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s Association guide to the 10 Warning Signs can also help identify a need for a more comprehensive evaluation. You can review the 10 warning signs and other information here.

Care and Resources

Visit our Caregiver page to learn how our caregiver coordinator can help you explore helpful resources and options.