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Five Early Signs of Memory Loss

Five Early Signs of Memory Loss

Memory loss is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Aging loved ones who struggle with memory retention aren’t automatically presumed to have dementia—that’s a diagnosis that only a medical doctor can make. However, if you do notice any of the following challenges, consider speaking with a healthcare provider.

  1. Asking for the Same Information Repetitively

Alzheimer’s disease is progressive. Over time, it spreads to many areas of the brain. During the early stages, the disease affects the part of the brain responsible for short-term memories. This is why individuals with Alzheimer’s often ask the same questions over and over again. Families often notice that their loved ones begin acting differently, such as by insisting that dinner hasn’t been served yet, right after finishing the meal.

  1. Having Difficulty with Familiar Tasks

Some tasks are completed so often over the course of a lifetime that little thought is needed to do them. But for a person with early stage dementia, these simple, everyday tasks are no longer easy. A loved one with dementia-associated memory loss may start to have problems balancing a checkbook or following a favorite recipe. This challenge can become particularly problematic when an individual forgets to turn off the stove or neglects to pay the bills.

  1. Getting Lost

People often have established driving routines. They drive a certain route to work each morning, and go to familiar locations on the weekends. Individuals with memory loss might start to get lost while driving on familiar routes.

  1. Misplacing Items Frequently

Even the most organized of people can misplace items now and then. But for individuals with Alzheimer’s, losing objects may become a common occurrence. Items may turn up in unusual places. For example, a family might find the car keys in the oven, or the milk on top of the fridge.

  1. Becoming Confused with Time and Place

Sometimes, individuals with memory loss have trouble keeping track of the passing of seasons, dates, and time. They might also find themselves in any given location, without knowing how they got there.

Red Cedar Canyon Assisted Living in Hudson, WI maintains a firm commitment to improving quality of life, dignity, and independence for their residents. Interested families who want their aging loved ones to have freedom of choice can get in touch at (715) 381-7333.

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