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Is forgetting words you intend to say a sign of Alzheimer's?

8 answers | Last updated: May 31, 2015
Taghi asked...

Can forgetting words be a sign of Alzheimer's?


Paula Spencer Scott, contributing editor, is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's. A Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, she writes extensively about health...
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Paula Spencer Scott answered...

Not necessarily, and by itself, not probably. Every adult has had the experience of a word being "on the tip of my tongue" or forgetting what she meant to say See also:
How to Talk to Someone With Dementia: New Insights
next. Occasional forgetfulness does not mean you have Alzheimer's; it means your brain is aging just like anybody's, a process that starts in your 20s!

More problematic is forgetfulness that's frequent, unusual for a person, concerns names that were once familiar, and that is happening more and more often, and noticeably getting worse. This may (or may not) be a sign of Alzheimer's. Review the most common signs and try this quiz to determine the difference between normal memory loss and dementia.


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Geri Hall answered...

Losing your train of thought is common in aging. There are multiple causes including stress, depression, menopause, thyroid problems, distractions such as multitasking,inattention, and normal aging. If you have a family member with AD you might also panic whenever you forget something out of frear of getting the disease. If we labeled every person in mid-to-late life who lose train of thought, everyone would have AD.

In dementia diagnostic clinics we look for more than one specific complaint when confirming dementia/AD such as increased problems with understanding your investments or planning a trip. But, for arguments sake, let's say this is happening to you 4-5 times a week (or more) you DO want to mention it to your doc. Ask him to perform a test called the MOCA (http://www.mocatest.org/pdf_files/MoCA-Test-English_7_1.pdf). Other test we do for very early dementia are having the patient list every animal or vegetable they can think of in one minute. We also use a test of word list remembering.

If there is a problem you'll want to track it down and treat it. If there are no other symptoms, most of the time the forgetting is benign. If there is no problem, hopefully it would give you peace of mind.


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cinnamon26 answered...

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SLL. Texas answered...

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Jennifer "thing" answered...

I am 38 and have sleep apnea. The word " thing " has now replaced common words like couch, truck, etc. because I forget them in the middle of a sentence. Today someone in my sleep apnea Facebook group posted the same speech issues. Many people complained of the same thing. I wonder if forgetting common words could also be caused by sleep apnea.


lizart answered...

I have a problem with forgetting many words throughout the day every time I do not get enough sleep, or on days when my asthma is acting up. I think it has to do with oxygen not getting to the brain sufficiently.