‘Absentminded’ errors don’t mean Alzheimer’s is looming

We all have struggled to recall a word at one time or another. New University of Michigan research indicates that “tip-of-the-tongue” errors happen often to adults ages 65 to 92. In a study of 105 healthy, highly-educated older adults, 61 percent reported this memory mishap.

The study’s participants completed a checklist of the memory errors made in the past 24 hours, as well as several other tests. About half of them reported making other errors that may be related to absent-mindedness, such as having to re-read a sentence because they forgot what it said, or forgetting where they placed an item.

The findings, which appeared in the journal “Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition,” may help brain-training programs target the memory problems people experience in daily life. Researchers cautioned that occasionally forgetting a name does not mean a person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Cleveland Clinic says these warning signs, however, may be cause for concern:

  • Inability to remember recent events.
  • Inability to remember a task without a written reminder.
  • Difficulty performing daily tasks and chores.
  • Inability to perform more complex tasks, such as driving or paying bills.
  • Being unaware that you have memory loss.
  • Showing poor judgment.
  • Exhibiting significant behavioral changes, such as excessive worrying, or often feeling agitated or suspicious.

Raising funds to end Alzhiemer’s

You can have fun and raise money for Alzheimer’s disease research by Flocking a Friend. A flock of flamingos will invade the lawn of your choice for just $10. The purple flamingos come with a sign promoting the cause. It costs $5 to have the flamingos removed and $25 to place a name on the “no-hit” list to keep the flamingos away. Contact Tara Clawson at 620-506-0375 or send us an email for more information.

And plan to be in Arkansas City Sept. 13 to support the runners and walkers in the Color for the Cure 5K and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. You may donate to Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s walk team by visiting WalkToEndAlz.org.