When Should We Consider Memory Care?
Making the choice to pursue assisted living or memory care isn’t easy and we understand that the timing is different for everyone. While there is no formula for this process, there are indicators of when it might be time to consider transitioning to a secure memory care community.
It can be difficult to discern between what it is normal mental function with aging and what may point to more serious issues, so we developed these indicators to help you better understand what declining mental health may look like.
Part 2: Indicators of Declining Cognitive Health
- Forgetfulness: Forgetting things like doctor’s appointments and when to take medication may be due to memory loss. Signs that someone may have more severe forgetfulness may include getting lost on the way home, suddenly not knowing where they are, or not remembering to eat.
- Depression: Depression is common in seniors who are isolated and alone. Craving company, neglecting friendships, becoming withdrawn, or choosing to sit and do nothing all day (assuming there are not physical limitations) are signs of loneliness and depression.
- Exhibiting strange or inappropriate behavior: Dressing inappropriately for the weather, improperly fastened or inside out clothes, and having extended conversations with questionable strangers can imply mental confusion.
- Faltering in normal routine: If medication dates are not current or the amount of pills in each bottle does not line up with how much time has passed and how frequently they should be taken, it is possible that poor mental health is interfering with important daily routine.
Memory-related impairment is degenerative, but it can be slowed significantly if quick action is taken. These signs can be subtle at first, so pay close attention to catch it as soon as possible. If any of these indicators are present, talk with your physician right away. Remember, the best thing you can do for a loved one struggling with cognitive health is to patiently weigh memory care options with them.
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