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Is Your Bad Memory a Sign of Alzheimer's?

By Sara Butler

Everyone is forgetful from time to time, but when does that forgetfulness mean there’s more going on? Even if you do experience lapses in memory from time to time, that certainly doesn’t mean you’re destined to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease – even if it does run in your family. Still, as you get older, signs of memory loss should be made noted. Here are a few of the top signs that memory issues may be a symptom of early Alzheimer’s.

Forgetting Stuff You Do Daily

Losing your keys is typical. It’s likely you were preoccupied with something else and simply set them down, then forgot where you put them! But if you regularly forget how to do routine things such as cooking dinner, then that can be an indication that something just isn’t right.

You Get Lost in Familiar Surroundings

Everyone has familiar routes they take to and from school, work, the grocery store, and home. People who have Alzheimer’s disease may forget where they’re going when they’re traveling someplace that should be familiar – or forget where they are all together.

You Repeat Conversations

Most people repeat themselves from time to time – not everyone’s mind is a steel trap! But if you are frequently having the same discussions with the same people and you don’t realize you’re doing it, then that’s a big problem and could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.

You Miss Appointments

Life can be hectic and most people will forget about a hair appointment or a doctor’s appointment from time to time. If you’re missing appointments regularly, then that’s a warning sign that you need to pay attention to.

Your Family Notices Your Lapses in Memory

The people that surround you each day are a great source of information. They will likely notice that something just isn’t right. Your instinct might be to brush them off if they’re concerned or to ignore the things they say, but you need to stop and listen. If they show concern about symptoms you’re displaying, then make sure to discuss it with your doctor.

Alzheimer’s disease isn’t a common affliction in young people. If you’re facing issues with your memory now, that’s probably not the reason for it. Distraction is a part of the modern world, so it can be easy to lose focus. If you have noticed your memory isn’t quite what it used to be, then reduce distractions as much as possible when you’re doing something that requires a lot of concentration.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richardson, Tex.


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