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Forgetfulness, temporary confusion, or having trouble remembering a name or word can be a normal part of life. But when thinking problems or unusual behavior starts to interfere with everyday activities—such as working, preparing meals, or handling finances—it’s time to see a doctor. These could be signs of a condition known as dementia.
Dementia is a brain disorder that most often affects the elderly. It’s caused by the failure or death of nerve cells in the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause. Although age is the greatest risk factor for dementia, it isn’t a normal part of aging. Some people live into their 90s and beyond with no signs of dementia at all.
The following online resources provide access to reliable information about specific medical conditions that may be associated with dementia in seniors:
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet: Info from the National Institute on Aging
Alzheimer's Disease: MedlinePlus
Alzheimer's Caregivers: MedlinePlus
Types of Dementia: Alzheimer's Association