As we age, some forgetfulness is natural and inevitable.
You might, for example, "lose" the car keys or other household objects, or forget where you heard something and/or who told you.
Those usually aren't causes for concern.
But Delta families that are seeing their family members struggle with loss of memory, difficulty with day-to-day tasks, and changes in mood and behaviour could be dealing with something more serious.
"People may think these symptoms are part of normal aging, but they aren't," explains Anthony Kupferschmidt, the local support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Those symptoms could well be indicators of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
"If you have concerns about your memory, or are concerned about someone else, it is important that you consult with your family doctor," says Kupferschmidt.
The society can also help local caregivers who are living with someone with dementia.
It runs a free support and information group that serves as a forum for sharing practical tips and strategies for coping with the disease. The group helps create support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia.
For more information, contact Kupferschmidt at 604-238-7390 or email@example.com.
For more information visit the Alzheimer Society of B.C. website at www. alzheimerbc.org.