We all forget things as we get
older. Many older people have a slight loss of memory that does not affect
their daily lives. But memory loss that gets worse may mean that you have
Dementia is a loss of mental skills that affects your
daily life. It can cause problems with your memory and how well you can think
and plan. Usually dementia gets worse over time. How long this takes is
different for each person. Some people stay the same for years. Others lose
Your chances of having dementia rise as you get
older. But this does not mean that everyone will get it. People rarely have
dementia before age 60. But, after age 85, up to half of all adults have
If you or a loved one has memory loss that is getting worse,
see your doctor. It may be nothing to worry about. If it is dementia, treatment
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