When to Call the Doctor Regarding Memory Loss

Everyday struggles to remember things like names and shopping lists are most likely a part of your aging parent’s life.

But there are types of memory loss that will warrant either an immediate visit to the doctor or at least be put on the list of important things to discuss at your parent’s next doctor visit. If you or his elder care provider notice any of these memory losses, take the appropriate action as soon as it’s warranted.

Sudden Memory Loss Or Confusion

If your parent suddenly doesn’t remember who he is (or who you are) or is confused about what is going on around him, it could be an indication that he is having a stroke. If it is paired with slurred speech or paralysis, get him immediate help by bringing him to an emergency room or calling 9-1-1.

Significant Memory Loss After Starting Or Changing A Medication

Mixing medications (even mixing prescribed medications with over-the-counter medications) can cause brain function issues, including memory loss and confusion. When your parent starts a new medication, make sure the prescribing doctor is aware of everything he takes, both prescription and over the counter. New medications can sometimes take a while for the body to adjust to, so being aware of possible side affects is important and something you and his elder care provider should watch for.

Memory Loss After A Fall

Even if your parent didn’t lose consciousness after a fall, he may have obtained a mild concussion. He may not realize he hit his head as hard as he did. A concussion causes damage to the brain and should be evaluated to ensure there isn’t more damage done.

Memory Loss Combined With Other Loss Of Functions

If it seems your parent is not only forgetting things but having problems daily self-care, managing routine tasks such as paying bills or doing the laundry, and making decisions, it might be his memory loss is an indicator of dementia. While your elder care provider can help with many of these tasks, it’s important to get your parent in to get a diagnosis so you can enlist a team of health care professionals to help you on this journey.

Memory Loss Combined With Depression

If your parent is clinically depressed, he may not be able to remember the simple things. Helping him find help for his depression will also help his memory.

Memory Loss Due To Alcohol Consumption

Heavy drinking and binge drinking can cause permanent damage to the brain. After years of habitually abusing alcohol, your parent may find his memory is not working as well as it should. While stopping drinking should be able to help him build and remember new events, he will not be able to regain those old memories.

If your parent is suffering from normal, everyday memory loss, you and your elder care provider can help by providing the resources and support he needs to live a fully functional life. But if you find your parent’s memory loss is impacting his quality of life, it’ll be important to discuss those concerns with his physician sooner rather than later.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Lantana, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

When Is it Time to Look Closer at ADLs for Your Senior?

Activities of daily living, or ADLs, are those basic activities that your elderly family member performs just in the course of normal daily life. These are activities like moving around safely, feeding herself, and handling bathing and grooming tasks. It’s not always easy to know that these tasks are giving your senior trouble, which might be why you notice some of these issues first.

Your Senior Seems to Be Having Trouble with Financial Errors

Everyone can make an error in their finances from time to time. When it comes to your senior, what you’re looking for is an increasing pattern of errors and even difficulty doing simple things that have always been easy, like paying bills. If mail is piling up in her home, this might be a sign to look deeper, too.

You’re Questioning Your Senior’s Ability to Keep Driving

Driving is such a sensitive subject, but the reality is that your elderly family member is not likely to be able to keep driving no matter what. If you’re at a stage where you’re wondering if she’s okay to be driving, there may be other activities that are giving her trouble, too. It’s important to look at all of those possibilities and see what’s going on.

Your Senior’s Health Is Taking a Turn

Is your elderly family member’s health taking a bad turn? If that’s happening, there may be some issues she’s experiencing in caring for herself and her health on her own. It’s also important that you know whether your senior has experienced any falls or not. Once a senior falls, she’s twice as likely to fall again. Ask your elderly family member if she’s going to her doctor more often or if she’s had to go to the emergency room.

You’re Noticing Issues with Memory and Cognition

Some of the health issues that your senior might be facing could affect her memory and her ability to think. If you’re noticing signs of poor judgement or simply a lack of awareness of her surroundings, then it might be time to look at what else is going on in her life. These signs could be a result of stress or depression, or they could be signs of something more serious.

Once you’ve had a chance to talk with your senior and her doctor, you may have determined that your elderly family member needs some more help. Senior care services can be the perfect answer because they offer assistance without causing your senior to change her living situation.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Lantana, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

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