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Letter: Forgetfulness in old age is not what you think

Posted: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Many people are afraid that growing old means losing the ability to think, reason or remember. They worry when they feel confused or forgetful that these feelings are the first sign of senility.

In the past, doctors dismissed memory loss, confusion and similar behaviors. Scientists now know that most people remain alert and capable as they age.

They also know that people who experience changes in personality, behavior or skills may be suffering from a form of brain disease called dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Sometimes older people have emotional problems that are mistaken for dementia, such as feeling sad, lonely, worried or bored when facing retirement or handling the death of a relation or friend.

Those changes can leave some people feeling confused or forgetful and show signs of normal age-related changes in the brain.

Our entire society is at risk. Alzheimer's disease strikes people 65 and older. About 13 percent of that age group is affected.

 

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