Recently I ran across a helpful article on how to distinguish those “senior moments” we all have from the much more serious memory problems of early Alzheimer’s disease. I thought I’d share them here:
If you forget where you left your keys, that is normal. However, if you find those keys and don’t know what they are for, that is abnormal.
Repeating a story to a friend that you have previously told is normal, but if you repeat the same question over and over in the same day to the same person, that is not normal.
Forgetting what you ate for breakfast yesterday is very normal but forgetting you ate breakfast just 15 minutes ago is not normal.
If you are disoriented for a moment upon waking up in a strange hotel room while traveling, it is certainly normal. However, getting lost in your own home where you have lived for years is abnormal.
Forgetting to turn off the boiling eggs and burning the pot on occasion is perfectly normal. Having no memory of putting the eggs in that pot or turning on the burner is abnormal.
Sometimes forgetting where you parked your car at the mall is very normal. But forgetting you drove to the mall or have a car is abnormal.
Forgetting details of a vacation you took 10 years ago is normal. But forgetting you went on a trip last week is not normal.
Forgetting where you left your checkbook is normal. However, forgetting in which bank you have your checking account is not normal.
If you forget the name of a star in a movie you have just seen, it is a normal occurrence. Not remembering the name of the movie or going to that movie at all is abnormal.
And last but certainly not least — worrying that you are having memory problems is very, very normal, but being unaware that you have a memory loss is not.
This was written by Betty Berry in the Ventura County Star. Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. The advocates are located at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call 805-495-6250 or email email@example.com (please include your telephone number.)