If you have a loved one that you suspect is dealing with memory loss, it can be hard to know when the right time is to get help, especially when you aren’t sure if they are exhibiting symptoms of normal aging or memory loss. Knowing when to consider a professional memory care service can be difficult for a number of reasons. It can be even harder to choose the right community for your loved one without doing plenty of research first. But, like many other things, it’s important to take one step at a time and ease your way into it, as doing too much at once can be utterly overwhelming and confusing.
“It’s not uncommon for anyone to forget someone’s name or to leave their keys in the wrong place,” says Jalen Ramos, Executive Director of The Orchards at Bartley, an assisted living community located in Jackson, New Jersey. “However, when it comes to the symptoms of dementia and all its forms of memory loss, it can be downright difficult to distinguish on your own and even harder to understand. This is why Bartley Healthcare is here to help you consider the symptoms of memory loss, better understand the disease and distinguish when it’s time to think about professional memory care services.”
When Is It Time for Professional Memory Care?
While dementia affects everyone differently, it’s extremely common. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, over five million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Over five percent of these are under 65. This means it’s essential to know when memory loss transforms from being normal aging to something much more. If you notice any of these signs, as noted by the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s likely time to consider professional memory care. Here are just a few of the signs to look for.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life. If your loved one can no longer do things they used to do on their own, or it now takes them far longer, consider talking to their doctor or searching for services.
- Challenges in solving problems or planning. Is following recipes more difficult? Can they no longer keep track of monthly bills? If so, they may be experiencing some abnormal changes in their abilities.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Whether at home, at work or simply at leisure, if you notice that your loved one isn’t able to complete the tasks they used to know how to do by heart, it’s time to look into the cause.
- Confusion with time or place. Many of us have times where we forget the date, where we place things or what we were about to do, however, we typically remember quickly. For those with dementia, it takes much longer, or they may forget altogether.
- Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships. Those with dementia may experience some difficulty with balance, judging distances, reading and more. This not only makes driving difficult but can also be a sign of bigger problems. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your loved one’s doctor.
- Problems speaking or writing. Those with memory loss may stop in the middle of a conversation, may repeat themselves or struggle with their vocabulary, where those without memory loss may have trouble just finding the right word. If you notice this in your loved one, consider making an appointment.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Sometimes those with Alzheimer’s may lose things and begin to think that people are stealing from them. This can cause them to become agitated and aggressive. If this is something that is happening to your loved one, consider seeking professional services.
- Decreased or poor judgement. Does your loved one fall for scams, want to give money to people they don’t know or even forget to turn off the stove after cooking? This can be dangerous and costly, so be sure to contact someone for help.
- Withdrawal. Does your loved one no longer hold conversations or do they seem less interested in the things they used to love? If you notice your loved one is withdrawing from others, it could be a sign that they need some assistance.
- Changes in mood and personality. Those with memory loss often become confused, suspicious, fearful or even anxious. This can cause your loved one to be agitated, depressed or even angry. Seek help from professional memory care services so you can help your loved one live the life they deserve.
Even if your loved one is only in the beginning stages of memory loss, planning for the future is always a good idea. For more information about Bartley Healthcare, or to learn more about when you should consider professional memory care services, contact us today at 732-372-4055.
Worry-Free Living with Dedicated Care and Support
The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living offers an independent lifestyle with an array of services and amenities right on the Bartley Healthcare campus. As a family-owned and privately-run community, we get to know each resident personally, allowing us to customize their level of care to perfectly match their needs while providing them and their families with complete peace of mind.
Here, residents can embrace a fulfilling lifestyle in an elegant setting while experiencing the security and comfort of a qualified, compassionate team. We take care of it all – housekeeping and delicious dining, scheduled transportation, programming to meet varying interests and more – it’s all included with care, so you never need to worry about rising costs! And if care needs change, we offer memory care and a range of award-winning health services on site.
The Orchards at Bartley Assisted Living is the perfect place to live independently, with complete peace of mind.
For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our team today at 732-372-4055.