Experience the frustration of losing or forgetting your keys? It happens to everyone. But for older individuals, persistent forgetfulness could be a warning sign of something more serious. Some seniors are pros at evading questions with rehearsed responses like “you know what I mean” or “of course I took my medicine” when put on the spot.
Questioning them might lead to hostility or confrontation if they feel their trust is being questioned. It’s a difficult situation for both parties. So, what signs should we be on the lookout for?
Here are some commonly observed symptoms of cognitive decline or memory loss in adults:
- Confusion in instances when they had previously functioned normally, such as remembering appointments or social events.
- Being overwhelmed by what used to be a little decision, such as what to order for dinner.
- Difficulty following the course of a discussion or initiating a conversation with others, which may result in social isolation.
- They have difficulty navigating familiar surroundings such as their neighborhood.
- Expressing frustration with their inability to accomplish things such as meal preparation or bill payment that they used to do quite effortlessly without assistance.
Dealing with a loved one’s possible cognitive decline can be a difficult and emotional experience.
It is crucial to take proactive steps by seeking medical treatment for your loved one and having them evaluated.
Diagnosing memory function loss involves a range of tests to evaluate thinking, memory, and language abilities. While not all cases progress to severe conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s, the risk is heightened.
In situations like these, IKOR is here to support families in preparing for and navigating these challenges. Taking action early is crucial to maintaining the dignity and quality of life of your loved one.
We provide support to families and their loved ones in planning for and adapting to changes in their health, living arrangements, and financial constraints as they age. Our expertise helps you prepare for and manage these issues, preventing unforeseen crises that can lead to difficult decisions and increased expenses. With our assistance, you can protect your loved one’s dignity and ensure a high quality of life.
Sometimes a hearing aid is all that is required. Often a doctor may recommend medication to help a patient’s cognitive function. Please contact us at 855-456-7972 or visit our website at www.ikorofwpa.com if you’d like more information about how IKOR might assist you or your family members in managing cognitive decline.