I am caring for my husband, who has dementia. Lately I’ve noticed I often forget where I left my glasses or car keys. Am I getting dementia too? -Karen V.

Forgetfulness, or taking longer to remember something, are normal experiences as we get older. Stress can make it worse. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you might be more keenly aware of those lapses and quick to worry prematurely.  Don’t jump to conclusions. Cut yourself some slack and chalk it up to a “brain lapse.” Use it as a reminder to manage your stress level. If it persists or worsens, don’t hesitate to see your doctor and get a professional opinion.

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