November 28, 2022
8 points to distinguish normal aging from Alzheimer's disease

8 points to distinguish normal aging from Alzheimer’s disease

  • Ines Moreno and Jose A. Reese
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Aging involves a series of changes that are considered normal, which fall within what we call successful aging.

Whether we like it or not, the passing of the years affects all of us.

Aging inevitably involves a series of changes that are considered normal, which fall within what we call successful aging.

However, it is not uncommon to confuse some of these signs of aging – especially forgetfulness – with early symptoms of the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects many functions, particularly memory and learning.

We have compiled 8 key features that allow us to clearly distinguish the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease from the changes associated with normal aging.