As we age, brain changes can result in memory concerns. There are, however, some cognitive changes that are not part of the normal aging process. Early signs that memory loss may actually be the onset of Alzheimer’s disease include trouble with names, repeating words, short-term memory loss and emotional changes. Early evaluation and treatment may help prolong memory and improve the long-term quality of life.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that destroys nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. As these neurons are destroyed, it results in memory loss and other problems with thinking and behavior. The disease gets worse over time, and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Alzheimer’s waits for no one. Neither should you. Watch the video “Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer’s Disease” provided by the National Institute on Aging and contact our Memory Health Specialists if you have questions or concerns about memory loss.