Noticing Memory Problems? What to Do NextAdmin2022-07-27T09:31:23-04:00
Noticing Memory Problems? What to Do Next
We’ve all forgotten a name, where we put our keys, or if we locked the front door. It’s normal to forget things once in a while. But serious memory problems make it hard to do everyday things. Forgetting how to make change, use the telephone, or find your way home may be signs of a more serious memory problem.
For some older people, memory problems are a sign of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia. People who are worried about memory problems should see a doctor. Signs that it might be time to talk to a doctor include:
Asking the same questions over and over again
Getting lost in places a person knows well
Not being able to follow directions
Becoming more confused about time, people, and places
Not taking care of oneself — eating poorly, not bathing, or being unsafe
People with memory complaints should make a follow-up appointment to check their memory after six months to a year. They can ask a family member, friend, or the doctor’s office to remind them if they’re worried they’ll forget.