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How Do You Know The Difference Between Alzeimer's And Just Bad Memory?

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most common mistakes that people make concerning problems such as memory loss, disorientation, and the inability to follow instructions is that they are too quick to assume that the source of the problem is Alzheimer's disease. But many times the problem is something different than Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative condition that progresses and worsens until it takes a person's life, and it is only one form of dementia that people experience. There are many other causes of memory loss and other problems that are simply not due to Alzheimer's.

For example, a person, young or old, may have short to long term memory loss as a result of an accident, or a traumatic experience. Or there could be other physical problems affecting the person's ability to think clearly, conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or vitamin deficiency, thyroid gland problems, etc. Many of these physical problems can be treated and sometimes fully reversed.

Stress and anxiety are big culprits when it comes to memory loss as well. When working with a person who has memory problems, it is important to ask some key questions in order to help narrow down the source of the impairment. Is their behavior dramatically different from what it used to be? Have they made any sudden changes in their usual daily routine? Do they switch personalities? All these questions are very valid and, while they may indicate a serious problem, only a doctor or specialist with the proper training can truly identify whether or not it is Alzheimer's disease.

Because there are several types of dementia that cause people to forget things, to neglect their own personal safety, their nutrition and their own personal hygiene, it is critically important that they see a doctor to get properly diagnosed.

Sometimes, problems with memory loss can be alleviated by simply being more socially active, participating in activities that exercise the brain. Hobbies, word puzzles and card games can certainly help. Turn off the television set and get them outside in the sunshine, or read a book, or listen to special music. Things like these serve to stimulate the brain and help it to relax.

In the end, the most important thing is to pay attention and know what the symptoms are for different kinds of dementia and other memory loss problems. Avoid jumping to the conclusion that a person has Alzheimer's disease. It may not be true, and doing so may cause more stress, more anxiety, and more problems for the person experience the issues.

Patient, careful investigation, along with professional advice is the best way to avoid coming to the wrong conclusion. It is essential that your loved one be seen and diagnosed properly so they can receive the best available treatment.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Memory Improvement at http://www.improvedmemorysupplement.com
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