Is It Forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s?

You’re on information overload. An inbox full of emails, a calendar full of meetings and a long to-do list leave you forgetting things right and left. In the frantic moments of forgotten cell phones or misplaced car keys, do you ever question your ability to remember things? You’re not the only one.

You may be asking yourself, is it forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s disease? Before you Google search “forgetfulness” or “memory loss,” you may want to learn what everyday behaviors and habits are contributing to what Jane Sadler, MD, family medicine physician on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Garland, defines as “senior moments.”

Watch the video below to see how Dr. Sadler distinguishes “senior moments” from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

To wrap up the video, spacing out every once in a while is normal. Here are some key takeaways:

  • People in their early 40’s can have early onset Alzheimer’s but just because you may be forgetful does not necessarily mean you have Alzheimer’s.
  • “Senior moments” can happen at any age and are triggered by a variety of factors including lack of sleep, depression, prescription medications and statin drugs.
  • One of the largest contributors to these “senior moments” is information overload. In combination, cell phones, email, social media and daily tasks can leave you feeling scatterbrained.
  • The difference in “senior moments” and Alzheimer’s disease is that people with Alzheimer’s don’t recognize their forgetfulness.
  • Concern should be raised if other people are commenting on your forgetfulness.

Information in this blog post originally appeared on CW TVsNightcaptvblog on February 4, 2013.

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Is It Forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s?