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Is It a Senior Moment or Early Dementia?

Our bodies are constantly changing. In normal aging our bodies and our brains slow down. We maintain our intelligence, but our brains change. We are less physically and mentally flexible, and we take more time to process information. It is more difficult to recall names, places and other things as we age. This is typical, but give it some time and the information will come to mind. Many confuse the slowing of our mental processes for true memory loss.

Our brains are capable of producing new brain cells at any age, so significant memory loss is not an inevitable part of aging. Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain. Puzzles, games, conversation, and reading are all great ways to stay mentally sharp.

Healthy older brains retain the ability to do many things and maintain important cognitive functions. Activities and abilities that are not compromised in normal memory loss include:
  • Participation in activities and hobbies you have always done
  • The wisdom and knowledge you've acquired from life experience
  • Your innate common sense
  • Your ability to form reasonable opinion and judgments

  • This stated, sometimes age-related forgetfulness occurs that is natural and not considered early signs of dementia. This may include:
  • Occasionally forgetting where you left things you use regularly, such as glasses or keys.
  • Forgetting names of acquaintances or blocking one memory with a similar one, such as calling a grandson by your son's name.
  • Occasionally forgetting an appointment.
  • Having trouble remembering what you've just read, or the details of a conversation.
  • Walking into a room and forgetting why you entered.
  • Becoming easily distracted.
  • Not quite being able to retrieve information you have 'on the tip of your tongue.'

  • The primary difference between age-related memory loss and dementia is that the dementia can be disruptive to activities that you once pursued: work, hobbies, social activities, relationships and more. Dementia is marked by a persistent, disabling decline in two or more intellectual abilities such as memory, language, judgment, and abstract thinking.

    If you suspect that dementia is impacting a loved one's life then it is imperative that they see a medical professional. If you are a caregiver for an individual with a dementia diagnosis and are seeking respite care or a living arrangement to care for the loved one then we invite you to inquire about our options.

    We invite you to ask questions. We wholeheartedly encourage you to come for a tour and to meet our staff. Legacy Place Cottages is located at 2051 Bevin Drive, Allentown, PA 18103.


     Our Phone Number: 484.860.3900

     Our Email Address: Information@LegacyPlace.org

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