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Memory Loss: When to be Worried and How to Help

When keys are so easy to lose, there’s no need to panic when you or your elderly loved one misplaces them. The same goes for forgetting names or mixing up words. Everyone can forget an appointment, forget that one word “on the tip of their tongue” or become easily distracted. But for the 5.5 million Americans inflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, others affected by one of the 70 types of dementia and the families that love them, these signs of memory loss may trigger significant worry. There is a difference between normal age-related memory loss and serious memory impairment. As we…

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Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

mental illness in the elderly

When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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