It’s not uncommon to experience some memory loss as you get older. Although your parent or loved one may complain of memory problems, that does not mean they have dementia or even Alzheimer’s. Common memory issues include difficulty remembering names and details of events. If this does not interfere with any daily functioning, then it can be considered normal and likely related to natural aging. However, significant memory loss is not a part of normal aging.
Here is a warning sign checklist from the Alzheimer’s Association which outlines the signs to look for and when to talk to a doctor.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of memory loss, trying to figure out what to do next can be challenging. Where do you turn for diagnosis, education, treatment, and services? It can be a lot to navigate.
The Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife helps individuals with cognitive impairments—and their caregivers and family members—get the information and care they need. We offer a holistic approach to memory care, delivering personalized, evidence-based care that maximizes the functional capacity of older adults at all stages of memory loss and provides essential services to their families.