Is It Time to Consider Memory Care?

Memory loss progresses differently for everyone. While there’s no definitive answer as to when to consider memory care for your loved one, these are some of the indicators it may be time to schedule a visit to The Cottages Memory Care.

Signs of Memory Loss

Orientation
  • Trouble remembering recent events
  • Trouble remembering significant events from the past
  • Forgetting what day it is
  • Being unaware of time of day
  • Wandering or getting lost
Recognition
  • Unable to recognize familiar people
  • Unable to recognize familiar surroundings
Tasks
  • Starting but not finishing things
  • Difficulty concentrating on a task
  • Unable to follow verbal directions
Ambulation
  • Sitting down without warning while walking
  • Problem with falling or loss of balance
  • Unusual gait pattern (i.e. shuffling, fast pace, leaning)
  • Bumping into objects without seeing them
Anxiety/Fear
  • Asking the same question over and over again
  • Being suspicious or accusative
  • Being restless
  • Being constantly talkative
  • Seeing or hearing things that are ot there
Dietary
  • Eating sweets excessively
  • Attempting to eat non-edible things
  • Change in appetite
Depression
  • Spending long periods of time inactive
  • Talking little or not at all
  • Appearing sad
  • Appearing anxious or worried
  • Dwelling on the past
  • Crying and being fearful
  • Commenting about death of self or others
Personal
  • Doing things that are embarrassing to you
  • Difficulty with bathing and personal hygiene
Agressiveness
  • Engaging in combative episodes (i.e. hitting, scratching, or biting)
  • Destroying property or personal belongings
  • Engaging in behavior that is dangerous to others or self
Miscellaneous Problems
  • Losing or misplacing items
  • Hiding things

A copy of this checklist can be downloaded by clicking here.

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