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After age 50 we all start to experience age related changes in memory or forgetfulness, and it is common to get a little confused. I mean, we are busy living life, chasing after kids schedules, and sometimes watching grandkids too. Not to mention, we are helping with our aging parents. So when does natural aging memory loss turn into something we need to address with our doctor?
Signs our Memory Loss is More than Just Natural Forgetfulness
Daily Habits Become Puzzling such as Paying Bills, Going to the Store, Taking Medication
Sometimes these easy daily tasks become confusing and overwhelming to aging adults. You get lost in the steps of the task and you do not know what to do first or where to start. For example, you forget which medication is for which hour of the day or you cannot get in sync with the process of opening the envelope, taking out the bill, and paying the bill when bills arrive. This can be a sign that your memory loss is more than just natural aging.
Repeating ourselves Over and Over
When we find ourselves constantly repeating the same story over and over it is a sign, especially if it is a recent story like about a recent visitor, and we just keep replaying the story to the same person. Another example to consider is when we get confused about something and we repeat it over and over to help jar our memory. Repetition of conversations is fine but constant repeating of current events can be sometimes alarming.
Forgetting Time or People
When we forget where we just ate lunch or who we just talked to on the phone, we might have a problem that is bigger than just aging memory loss. Oftentimes, our memory fades, but we should be able to recall what time it is or what day it is without being lost in thought. Also, we should be able to remember who we talked to that day on the phone, and again without being completely lost. Becoming confused or overwhelmed with events or daily tasks or occurrences can be a trigger that we need to chat with someone about our memory issues.
Personality, Mood or Behavior Changes
We all have mood swings from time to time and get a little cranky. However, an abrupt mood shift or behavior change for no apparent reason is definitely a sign to explore. If you become confused or withdrawn, it is a warning that maybe something is not as it should be and it should be discussed with a family member or doctor.
The above are some signals that your loved one may need to visit their physician and discuss what is going on with cognitive abilities. Are they becoming disabling? For example, is your speech, attention, and memory becoming unclear or blurred? These are all things to discuss and figure out a plan to keep your loved one healthy and safe. Want some help with memory care for your loved one? Have questions? Contact us at Continuing Healthcare Solutions and let us guide you to options to fit your loved one’s lifestyle and health.