What is the Difference Between Forgetting and Alzheimer’s Disease?


Forgetting or forgetfulness can be very scary for some people, especially if it becomes frequent in patients younger than 65. When you live a life plagued with stress your mind starts to give more importance to those things that cause you to worry the most.

You start to forget where you left the keys, the wallet, the pen, etc. But even if the patient is 65 or older when s/he commences to be forgetful, it doesn’t mean s/he has Alzheimer’s Disease. Anxiety and depression can mimic dementia. If you are a young adult, in your twenties or thirties and you are not eating well, you drink alcohol excessively, smoke and don’t exercise regularly, you might experience “forgetfulness due to extreme stress”.

Patients with Alzheimer tend to repeat themselves because they lose their short memory especially in the early stage. They forget recently learned information like dates or events, asking for the same information over and over.

Patients are frequently misdiagnosed in several medical areas, a mental illness is one of them. That is why it is very important to have the right knowledge about it and the most innovated equipment in this age of technology. IQuity is tackling Alzheimer’s biomarkers using the “Machine Learning” (yes, machine learning not learning machine) that uses artificial intelligence.

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

Remember that prevention is the key for a healthier, happier and longer life — Dr. Martha A. Castro N., MD

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6 Comments

  1. Bryntin says:

    Hi, #BryntinsBLT came by your blog today.
    (Unfortunately the BLT bit stands for Blog Leap Tour, not that I am about to bring you a tasty sandwich.)
    I’ll be leaving a link to this post on a #BryntinsBLT post on my blog later today and will now be leaping off to visit someone who has already liked your post before I got here.
    The idea is just to randomly jump around and see where I go in the world and I hope the (sparse but growing) readers of my blog, seeing me discover yours, might leap around the links too.
    (If you have pingbacks turned on you can see where else the tour ended up!)
    Anyway, sorry to interrupt. Carry on.

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  2. lindasschaub says:

    I recently met a woman with dementia – it was very upsetting to me.

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  3. lindasschaub says:

    She was the same age as me and her husband was her caretaker. It was very sad.

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    1. Dra Martha Andrea Castro Noriega, MD WMA FACS says:

      I am sorry you felt sad. Being compassionate is a great quality in a human being. And obviously you are. She is lucky her husband takes care of her. True love never abandons or runs away when problems or difficulties arise.

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      1. lindasschaub says:

        I e-mailed my boss about this woman as my boss has a very good friend and his wife is at the same stage of her dementia as this woman. My boss’ friend was the head of his law firm, and does some consulting from home but can’t go into work and cannot leave his wife alone as she will put on a stove, wander out the door (even though it is locked/bolted/alarm system), try to get into the car (they don’t leave keys laying around) and she just stares into space. My boss says he never realized that his friend had such patience … he is a union attorney and was not only aggressive, but a workaholic (like my boss used to be when we were busier) … he says he now sees a friend who shows patience, understanding – a whole different side of him. His friend and my boss are the same age (71). The woman I met yesterday was my age (62). Very scary to think about. My good friend is in grad school studying gerontology administration – she would like to work at a nursing home when she is finished with school in the Summer of 2019.

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