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I seem to be experiencing a loss of comprehension in reading and in conversation.  Sound like demetia?

 

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I asked my doctor about this topic citing minor occurances of forgetfulness.  She assured me that since I was aware of them and they were not bad enough to incite worry rather than minor concern I was within the normal range of aging effects and did not rate alarm or concern. 

The bottom line would seem to be don't worry until it becomes a real problem.

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My sister just turned 65 years old.  For the last two years she has been asking the same questions repeatedly.  She tells the same story over and over in the same conversation.  She spends a lot of time alone with no one to talk to while her husband works. They live in a one bedroom apartment in another state away from family.  She recently spent a week with me and it is getting worse. She is adamant about not going to the doctor because she says they don’t listen to her.  I don’t know what to do.

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Can we talk about forgetfulness or confusion in conversation?  What is in the range of normal versus what may be a sign of something else going on?  I'm thinking of examples like leaving the keys in the front door and mixing up names or events  when talking and not catching it.   These are things that any of us can do, especially if we're stressed or distracted, but how much of a pattern or repetition should we be aware of?

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Dementia Expert Series, Normal Aging or Dementia? Dementia Expert series

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Are you having trouble telling the difference between normal aging and dementia?  Ask our expert Sarah Lock.  She is Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health in AARP’s Policy, Research and International. She leads policy initiatives on brain health and care for people living with dementia and is Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of scientists, doctors and policy experts convened by AARP to provide trusted information on brain health.

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