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Noticing Signs of Dementia in Seniors — What Are They Forgetting?
During this difficult time, many seniors have been in self-isolation or spent extended periods with family. It’s in times like these that many adult children notice unusual behaviors in their elderly loved ones. While most of us have moments when we struggle with memory, a significant and more sudden change in memory in an older adult could be a sign of something more serious. As a guide, Belmont Village Senior Living answers frequently asked questions from seniors and their families.
Q: My parent misplaces and forgets routine things—should I be worried?
A: Multi-tasking when performing a task can prevent storing and retaining memories, causing items to be misplaced. Indicators of a more serious issue include finding things in unusual places or trouble recognizing familiar surroundings.
Q: Why has my loved one started repeating statements and questions?
A: This is a more profound level of memory loss. Likely this person is also forgetting appointments and bills and daily activities like cooking, laundry and grooming. An assessment by a medical professional is necessary.
Q: I think we have a problem. What should we do?
A: First, don’t give up hope. Start by discussing concerns with your physician through a virtual visit. Though there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, diet, exercise, regular mental fitness and social interaction can help maintain brain function.
To learn more about Belmont Village’s award winning memory care program for mild to moderate memory loss or to schedule a virtual tour, visit www.belmontvillage.com/ranchopalosverdes or call (310) 377-9977.