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Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs Memory Support

As our loved one’s age, it is natural for them to experience cognitive changes such as occasionally forgetting where they placed their keys or mixing up the time for an appointment. But when these changes begin occurring more frequently and interfere with their daily life, it may be a sign that memory support is needed.

Understanding the signs to look out for can help older adults receive the care and support they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Below are common signs that your loved one may need memory support.

Increased forgetfulness or confusion

One of the most common signs of cognitive decline is increased forgetfulness that goes beyond the norm. According to the National Institute on Aging, consistent forgetfulness such as failing to recall important or recent events or forgetting the names of people they know well could indicate your loved one is experiencing memory problems outside of the typical age-related forgetfulness.

Older adults with more advanced memory problems may also experience confusion or disorientation in familiar environments such as getting lost in their own neighborhood, placing items in unusual places, or accusing others of stealing those misplaced items. This confusion can become stressful for your loved one if left unaddressed for too long.

Difficulty with familiar tasks

Struggling to perform tasks that were once routine can be a warning sign that your loved one is experiencing memory loss. The Mayo Clinic advises that difficulty with tasks your loved one has performed for years such as following a favorite recipe, paying their bills, or managing their medications could demonstrate a need for memory support.

Challenges with communication

Struggling to communicate or follow conversations could also be a symptom of memory problems. The Cleveland Clinic suggests that experiencing challenges with communication such as frequently repeating themselves, losing their train of thought midsentence, or having trouble finding the right word may indicate that your loved one is experiencing increased cognitive decline.

Changes in Judgement and Behavior

Unfortunately, memory problems can affect an older adult’s judgement and ability to make decisions. Making unusual or risky decisions such as giving away large sums of money, repeatedly falling victim to the same scam, or exhibiting impaired judgement in everyday decisions are all signs your loved one may need memory support.

You might also notice changes in your loved one’s behavior or personality. The National Institute on Aging shares that memory issues can lead to social withdrawal and changes in behavior such as losing interest in activities they once enjoyed, experiencing mood swings or depression, and imagining things that aren’t there.

The time to act is now

If your loved one is experiencing some or all of these symptoms, it may be time to look at memory supportive living.

The award-winning memory support at Maple Knoll Village empowers older adults to lead independent and purposeful lives.

With a home-like environment, nursing staff on-site 24/7, and personalized care plans, you can rest assured that your loved one’s needs will be well taken care of Maple Knoll Village. Our memory support staff are well-equipped and trained to provide specialized care that helps older adults maintain their cognitive skills, sense of self, and quality of life by creating meaningful routines that help reduce frustration.

Let Maple Knoll Village take care of your loved one with assisted living memory support. Experience the Best Memory Care in the Greater Cincinnati area according to the 2023 Cincinnati Choice Awards!

Call 513-782-2717 or visit us online to begin your loved one’s journey to a better future today!

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