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Do older adults forget things more than younger adults?
There is some research to suggest that older adults may forget things slightly more often than younger people, maybe forgetting somebody's name or forgetting where they left their keys.
Is there a difference between dementia and Alzheimer's?
People often confuse the words dementia and Alzheimer's. Dementia is a general term. Alzheimer's is a particular kind of dementia that involves the build-up of what we call "plaques and tangles" in the brain and these deposits in the brain are the primary aspect of Alzheimer's that causes the problems with the memory and attention.
What should I do if I know someone who may have Alzheimer's?
If you have a loved one who you think may be exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's or any sort of a significant cognitive impairment, you absolutely want to get them to a professional for an evaluation and it's probably best to start with your primary care provider.