Signs of Aging vs. Signs of Dementia

Signs of aging include memory loss, impaired vision, and other limitations. Learn if these developing limitations are signs of aging or are early signs of dementia

Senior citizens know to expect common signs of aging, such as memory loss, cataracts, and limited vision. While some stereotypes about aging are often inaccurate, older adults often experience normal, age-related changes that affect their quality of life.

Typical age-related changes include:

  • Forgetting names and appointments
  • Forgetting which day it is
  • Reduced vision
  • Incontinence
  • Cataracts
  • Irritable when a routine is disrupted

Early signs of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia may include:

  • Memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information
  • Trouble keeping track of monthly bills
  • Forgetting important events or dates
  • Asking the same questions repeatedly
  • Difficulty having a conversation
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

Since every senior is different, the aging process varies from one person to another.  Many issues, both environmental and genetic, affect the elderly and most people experience changes in both their physical and mental health. However, if you or a loved one has any troubling symptoms, make an appointment to visit your doctor. He or she will evaluate your overall health and identify any conditions that could affect how well the mind is functioning.