Having even small memory issues can make your elderly family member feel self-conscious and fear that she's developing a bigger issue, such as dementia. But the brain is a complicated organ and it can forget things even when your senior is perfectly fine. If she's truly concerned, schedule an appointment for some further testing.
Losing Track of Objects
Your elderly family member has probably had many situations throughout her life during which she misplaced her keys or a pen, but now it feels more worrisome. This isn't a huge sign that something is terribly wrong. Now, if this is happening every time she puts an item down, she may want to talk with her doctor.
Forgetting an Appointment Once in a While
Another common "oops!" is that random appointment or meetup that your elderly family member completely forgets about. The key here is that your aging adult isn't forgetting every single appointment or meeting that she has, it's more of a random occurrence that just slips her mind.
Walking into a Room and Forgetting Why
Most people, your aging adult included, have a lot going on in their brains at any given moment. This can mean that they walk into another room to get something or to do something and completely forget why they're there. This is most often a result of thinking about other topics while changing spaces. It's more about being distracted than having a memory problem.
Not Remembering the Name of an Acquaintance
If your elderly family member hasn't seen someone for a while, it might be difficult to come up with that person's name right away. This isn't a cause for fear. In fact, many people have trouble with names at any age, not just when they're getting older.
Having Information "Right There"
You've probably heard your elderly family member say that she's got a piece of information "right there," on the tip of her brain. That's a funny way to say that she's almost got whatever she's trying to say or remember, but just can't quite get all the way there. That can also happen to people who are much younger, even without other issues.
Some aging adults can feel a little bit better about their memory if they've got someone available when you can't be there. That's when hiring elderly care providers can be extremely beneficial for both of you.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care in Birmingham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner