June is officially designated Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, to focus attention on the importance of brain health. So consider this: here in the US, 10% of those age 65 or older have some form of dementia according to a new study conducted by Columbia University. They say another 22% of Americans over 65 have mild cognitive impairment.
Not surprisingly, dementia becomes more prevalent with age – just 3% of those age 65-69 but 35% of those 90+. However, while dementia is a significant concern, it is not a normal part of aging. So how can you tell the difference between everyday forgetfulness and early signs of dementia, especially if you’re concerned about an aging parent?