‘Normal aging or something more: Identifying and addressing concerns of cognitive decline
Currently, an estimated 6.5 million Americans 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease – including 280,000 in Pennsylvania, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
While it’s common to experience some issues with memory, thinking and behavior as we age, there is a difference between what’s considered “normal aging” and what is cause for concern.
If you or a loved one are experiencing changes with your memory, know that you are not alone.
If you’ve noticed any of the signs in yourself, confide in someone you trust.
And, if you’ve noticed memory changes in a relative, friend, or loved one, think about who would be best to approach the person, whether it’s you or another trusted family member or friend.
Have the conversation as soon as possible in a location that will be comfortable for everyone involved.
It’s important, too, that you or your loved ones speak with a healthcare provider if changes are observed.
Several conditions can cause cognitive changes, so it’s essential to obtain a full medical evaluation to determine whether symptoms are related to Alzheimer’s or something else.
Early discussion, detection and diagnosis can be key to planning for the future, and accessing care and support services.
To learn more, visit alz.org/delval or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272. 3900).