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What's the Difference Between Normal Memory Issues and Something Else?

Oct 12, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

When your senior starts to feel as if her memory might be working against her, that's a scary prospect. Some of the situations she might be afraid of could be situational, though, rather than truly something to worry about.

Forgetting a Due Date

It's not unusual for something to occasionally fall through the cracks, whether that's a bill that's due on a certain date or a library book that needs to go back. When it's a problem is when your senior starts having trouble managing all sorts of due dates consistently. If she seems to never be hitting those deadlines accurately, that's something to investigate.

Forgetting What Day it Is

Retired people often have a different perspective on what day of the week it is. Their schedules are more flexible, therefore it's not always something that they keep up with regularly. On the other hand, if your senior is having a tough time keeping up with what time of year it is, that could be a problem.

Losing a Word

If you've ever had a word right there on the tip of your tongue that you just can't get out, you know how frustrating it can be. It's a different problem if your elderly family member is having trouble with entire conversations. That could point to problems cognitively or even with her hearing, depending on what else is going on.

Losing Items

From keys to the one working pen in a junk drawer, things do get lost. But if your elderly family member is losing lots of items often, she may have bigger situations at hand. This is especially true if, once you locate the items, they're in really unusual places. Her glasses might be in the fridge, for instance, which is definitely not something that would normally happen.

Making Iffy Decisions

Everybody makes questionable decisions now and again. That's part of being human. But if your aging family member is making some scary decisions regularly, that could be a sign that there's something else going on. It's important to start keeping track of what you feel are iffy decisions so that you can get an idea how often they're popping up.

Always make sure that you talk to your senior's doctor if either of you are concerned that she might have dementia or other cognitive issues. In the meantime, your senior might benefit from having help from home care providers when you're not around. They can help her to stay on track and offer companionship as well.

If you or an elderly loved one are considering home care in Stockton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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