It can be scary to think about memory changes as we age and how it affects everyday life!

We all will have some memory changes as we get older, but, for some people, Alzheimer’s and Dementia are unwelcoming words.

As with any other medical condition, early detection, planning, receiving treatment and support can improve your sense of control/understanding and help to maintain an independent life style as long as possible.

Typical age-related memory loss and other changes compared to Alzheimer’s Disease

Signs of Alzheimer’s
Poor judgment and decision making
Inability to manage a budget
Losing track of the date or the season
Difficulty having a conversation
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them

Typical age-related changes
Making a bad decision once in a while
Missing a monthly payment
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Losing things from time to time

What to do if you notice these signs?

If you notice any of the signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

With early detection, you can:

  • Get the maximum benefit from available treatments – You can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer.
  • Allow you to be apart of the decisions regarding your health

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Alzhiemer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

for information or support

Phone: 1-888-411-2067
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Address: 115 – 16 Edward St. S., Arnprior ON K7S 3W4
Office Appointments: Be sure to make arrangements ahead of time as our staff person may be out in the community.
After Hours Support for Caregivers: Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000

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