Common signs of memory loss include asking the same questions repeatedly, mixing up words, misplacing items, and more. But what about the ones that aren’t as common or are more subtle and harder to notice? Learn more in this post to be as educated as possible about memory loss and how it affects the health and wellbeing of seniors.
You might not know these 5 signs:
Problems with Money
According to research done by Daniel C. Marson, a neuropsychologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, confusion over money and finances is one of the most important and predictable early functional changes as seniors begin to experience memory loss.
When seniors begin to notice their loss of memory, they may develop poor self-esteem and lose confidence. This could lead them to withdraw from others and self-isolate.
Difficulty with Handwriting
This is one of the most recognizable signs. Handwriting may change and eventually become illegible over time. One might also struggle with basic spelling and grammar.
Lose Track of Time
Seniors with memory loss struggle to know what day it is, the time of day, or how much time is passing. Similarly, they might start to miss appointments or important events despite keeping track of them on a calendar.
Trouble with Conversation
According to John Hopkins Medical, seniors experiencing memory loss have more trouble following, joining, or continuing a conversation. They might stop talking mid-thought and not know what they were going to say next.
If you or your loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important that you talk to a doctor about it. Read more about visiting a doctor from the Alzheimer’s Association here. You can also read more about identifying common dementia behaviors on our website here.