Are You Experiencing Normal Aging or the Early Signs of Dementia?

creative idea.Concept of idea and innovation / Creative idea for memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and mental health concept.You just brought it in, put it down, and now the darn thing is lost. You can’t even find the right words to describe it.

Is that normal aging or the early sign that you could be slipping into more serious cognitive decline?


The answer isn’t necessarily cut and dry. To get a better idea of where your mind is, a wider viewpoint might be required. A more focused approach may be to consider the frequency and severity of mental lapses.

Everybody forgets a name, can’t find a word, or misplaces their keys from time to time. But if the word comes to you or you can retrace your steps to find your keys, it’s likely just a busy mind that led to a momentary lack of focus.

Things are more concerning when a minor distraction derails an important or routine action. Trouble keeping track of appointments or finances, for example, may indicate cognitive decline. Losing the ability to plan, multi-task, make decisions, or solve problems may also suggest early dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association lists 10 early signs and symptoms of dementia. They are:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenge planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time and place
  • Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships
  • Problems with language (speaking and writing)
  • Decreased judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Change in mood or personality
  • Misplacing things and inability to retrace steps


Ultimately, the question comes down to the frequency and severity of these lapses. If they are happening often and to the point where life is disrupted, it could signify clinical cognitive decline.

Your overall health can play a role too. Diet, activity levels, and mental engagement all impact dementia risk as well.

Hopefully, that helps you navigate “senior moments” and recognize when closer attention may be required.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.