Understanding Dementia
Understanding Dementia

Part 3: Exploring Dementia and Memory Loss

Dementia is not a part of normal aging.


Almost 40 per cent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss. When there is no underlying medical condition causing this memory loss, it is known as "age-associated memory impairment," which is considered a part of the normal aging process.  Sometimes it is called “age related memory loss.”


However, dementia is different.


Age-associated memory impairment and dementia can be told apart in a number of ways. In general, a memory problem may become a concern if it begins to affect your day-to-day living. Most older adults do not go on to develop dementia.


In the two videos below, geriatrician, Dr Jasneet Parmar explains the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia. 




For Reflection

After you watch the videos, take a few minutes to reflect on the following questions.  Feel free to make some notes.

  • What stood out for you in the videos?

What question(s) do you have about what you heard or saw during the video? Make a note of them and bring them forward during your next conversation with your health care provider or contact your local Alzheimer Society via our toll-free number 1-866-950-5465 or by email: info@alzheimer.ab.ca.

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