When an Aging Mind Needs Memory Care
October 9, 2017
Determining whether your loved one needs extra care can be difficult. When his or her eyesight starts to deteriorate, it is easy to tell that they cannot see as well. Unfortunately, it can be much more difficult to determine whether an aging mind is putting your loved one at risk. To complicate matters, most seniors take some combination of medications and supplements. Often, different physicians prescribe multiple medications taken at different times a day in differing amounts. If you read the list of side effects, there is a good chance that some combination could affect a senior's ability to process information, make decisions or maintain their balance.
According to an article by Mayo Clinic online, symptoms of dementia vary depending upon the cause, but common signs include these cognitive changes:
- Noticeable Loss of Memory
- Difficulty Communicating or Finding Words
- Difficulty with Coordination and Motor Skills
- Difficulty with Planning and Organizing
- Difficulty Managing Complex Tasks
- Difficulty Solving Problems or Reasoning
- Disorientation and Confusion
Seniors who are having memory problems often exhibit changes in personality. They may become depressed or anxious. People challenged by memory loss can also appear to be unnecessarily agitated or paranoid.
Almost everyone has a "senior moment" from time to time. So, an isolated episode of memory loss does not mean your loved one has dementia, as there can be treatable causes related to medical conditions, changes in vision, inner ear infections, etc. It is, however, important to get a timely evaluation since many new products are becoming available every day that allow a person with dementia to maintain their independence much longer.
At Fox Trail Senior Living, we respect how difficult it can be to make a decision regarding assisted care or memory care living. That's why we are here to help answer your questions. Use our convenient online form or call today to schedule a visit at one of our senior living communities.