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9 Differences Between Normal Ageing & Dementia

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Forgetfulness is not the only warning sign of dementia. Instead, it might be a result of normal ageing and not dementia. Learn how dementia is different from normal ageing.

As we age, some of us may get more forgetful and require a bit more time to recall things, or even struggle to multitask. It can get a little worrying that these might be early signs of dementia. However, these can be a result of normal ageing and not dementia.

The table below compares the 9 differences between signs of normal ageing and symptoms of dementia.

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Content in table is adapted from Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Society.

DO NOT: Use the above list to self-diagnose or diagnose someone with dementia.

DO: If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of dementia, consult a family doctor or polyclinic doctor who can guide a person through the process of tests and diagnosis.

Downloadable Resources

The following resources contain bite-sized information that you may download and/ or print:

Click on the images below to download in English or select another language.

Living with Dementia: A Resource Kit for Caregivers (Book 1: Knowing Dementia)

Forget Us Not: Building a Dementia Friendly Community

References

  1. Alzheimer Society of Calgary. (n.d.). Young-Onset Dementia. Retrieved 5 March, 2020, from https://www.alzheimercalgary.ca/learn/types-of-dementia/young-onset-dementia
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