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Memory Loss and Forgetfulness

Normal memory loss vs dementia

There is a difference between normal memory loss and a more serious condition like dementia. Many people experience minor memory loss and forgetfulness as they get older, and this is a normal part of aging. However, these memory lapses can sometimes be a sign of dementia.

There is one primary difference between normal ARML and dementia: ARML has little impact on your daily performance, and you’re able to live a normal and independent life. Dementia, on the other hand, is a persistent decline in your memory, language, judgment and abstract thinking.

For example, forgetting where you put your car keys is a sign of normal ARML. But forgetting what the keys are for is a sign of dementia.

Let us help

If you still have concerns about your memory, it might be time to seek professional help. Call the Parkview Behavioral Health HelpLine at 260-471-9440 or 800-284-8439, anytime 24 hours a day. Our dedicated assessment specialists are available to guide you to the appropriate level of care – or resources – for your situation.