Starting to recognize uncharacteristic memory loss can be confusing and even terrifying, and often loved ones are embarrassed to mention it.
Memory loss that becomes a pattern and not an occasional isolated event may be of concern. The misplacement of keys or getting to the supermarket only to forget what you came for is normal, unless you feel it is happening more frequently or in different ways than it used to.
If you are unsure whether your loved one is having early memory loss, here are 5 signs to look for and discuss with their health care professional:
- Confusion or difficulty in completing familiar tasks or following directions such as recipes or driving directions.
- Repetition of stories or forgetting significant life events when they talk about them.
- Rationalization of memory loss as a normal part of aging can indicate denial about a more serious problem.
- Decrease in judgment such as putting themselves in dangerous situations or being careless with money.
- Uncharacteristic changes in personality or mood. True, our personalities change as we age, but people with memory loss or dementia tend to show sudden changes such as hostility, anger, confusion or sadness.
Contributed by Premier HomeCare Services