Is it memory loss or is it Alzheimer’s disease?

Early memory loss, often referred to as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), is characterized by:

  • Memory problems that may be annoying, frustrating or embarrassing to the person experiencing them but do not significantly affect a person’s ability to function
  • Friends or family noticing changes in memory or behavior
  • A possible history of Alzheimer’s in the family

Symptoms often associated with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are:

  • Forgetfulness:  forgetting dates, events or names, misplacing or losing things, repeating stories, or repeatedly asking the same question
  • Trouble finding the right word or name:  Names of people, places, objects, movies, songs, etc.
  • Difficulty with orientation:  Days of the week, the day’s date, the year, the time of day or seasons of the year
  • Trouble completing routine activities:  Driving to a familiar location, cooking a favorite recipe, managing finances, using a computer or cell phone, managing medications, etc.

Don't wait to find out if your memory concern is normal or not.  It could get worse...and there may be something you can do about it.


Concerned about Memory Loss?

The Memory Health Center at Summit Research Network has been researching memory loss and brain health since 1976. Our team is dedicated to finding better future treatments to slow down and eventually stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions. We are currently seeking individuals with memory loss and / or Alzheimer’s to participate in investigational medication research studies. If you are selected, all research-related care and study medication will be provided at no cost. Please call us at 503-228-CARE (2273) or fill out the form above and we will contact you.