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
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
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.