We’re all forgetful at times, regardless of our age and mental health. However, as we age, our risk of dementia increases, and by the age of 85 almost 35-percent of those in your age group will be afflicted with this degenerative disorder (dementia) that causes gradually and worsening memory loss and mental skills.
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If a loved one shows the following 15 early warning signs of dementia, book an appointment to see a doctor immediately…
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1. Memory Loss
Mild cognitive impairment (or as doctors refer to it, MCI) explains memory loss that is more pronounced than typical age-related forgetfulness. MCI will cause an inability to recall short-term memory (or recent events), such as what you did yesterday or last week. However, a sudden strong ability to remember specific events from the past will occur.
A study from Rutgers University estimates that roughly 4-percent of Americans between 65 and 74-years old have Alzheimer’s disease, with the percentage steadily rising as we age. The same research estimates that roughly 50-percent of all Americans over 85-years of age suffer with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than half of all dementia cases are misdiagnosed and are actually Alzheimer’s Disease.