When you have an older loved one, such as a parent or grandparent, you may be diligent in ensuring that they are healthy and safe. Many aging adults suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. If you have an aging parent or loved one, how do you know if memory problems are something more serious?
The National Institute on Aging explains the signs that you should look for when it comes to serious memory loss.
Signs of Alzheimer’s
Forgetfulness is normal for everyone. As someone ages, forgetfulness becomes more common. However, it may be more serious if you notice your parent asks the same questions over and over. If he or she cannot follow directions, becomes confused when talking to people or cannot take care of him or herself anymore. When your loved one is in a place that he or she knows well, it is still easy to become lost or confused.
Tips for memory loss
While you cannot turn back the clock on Alzheimer’s, you can help improve your loved one’s memory. Do not allow your loved one to isolate. When a person remains involved with activities they may remain sharper. Try to involve him or her in activities that can improve mind and body function. Consider asking him or her what they would think of volunteering at a local church, school or community center.
Be encouraging of your loved one to spend time with friends and family. Memory tools, such as to-do lists and calendars can help improve memory. If you care for your loved one or if he or she is in a nursing home facility, make sure that he or she has proper nutrition.