As one ages, things change. That is the norm but it’s not clear that what you have described could be categorized as normal signs of aging. A 2017 study revealed that changes in speech may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. More pauses, using filler words and other verbal changes could be indicative of the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s.
Alternatively, it’s normal for people to say “um” and to have trouble recalling certain names or facts. The main difference between individuals who may be showing early signs of Alzheimer’s and those who are not, is that the former group experiences speech problems more frequently, they interfere with communication and there are noticeable changes over time.
It’s not clear what the problem may be and therefore it would be advisable to consult a physician. Report your concerns and let them evaluate your symptoms. They are experts and will know if anything is wrong. It would both be prudent and proactive. Thank you for your question. Good luck and please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle