Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – When Memory Loss Becomes a Sign
Many people worry about becoming more forgetful as they grow older. Our brains change as we age, just like the rest of our bodies. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and problems remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work are not a typical part of aging. Many conditions can disrupt memory and mental function. Symptoms may improve when the underlying cause is treated.
Possible causes of memory problems include:
- Medication side effects
- Excess use of alcohol
- Thyroid problems
- Poor diet
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Certain infections
- Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
Anyone experiencing significant memory problems should see a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improving dramatically, and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life. An early diagnosis helps individuals receive treatment for symptoms and gain access to programs and support services. It may also allow them to take part in decisions about care, living arrangements, money and legal matters.
To contact ElderCare at Home
If you need assistance finding a doctor with experience evaluating memory problems, ElderCare at Home can help. Contact our office at (888) 285-0093 for more information or email us below. Thanks for joining us today and we’ll see you again next week!