Memory Loss from Aging vs. Dementia
A common concern as people get older is if forgetfulness is simply a sign of old age, or if it is a sign of the onset of dementia.
First, not all memory loss is correlated with dementia. It may be the result of several things, and some of the causes of memory loss are treatable.
Also, there is a difference between memory changes that are the result of aging and memory changes due to the onset of dementia. Dementia-related memory loss is not just simple forgetfulness, and may manifest as not being able to recall information or not remembering the name and function of an object. It is also often characterized by other symptoms, like disorientation or trouble tracking a conversation.
If you are worried about a new onset of forgetfulness, speak to your physician and share the changes you are noticing.