Have you noticed mom or dad acting a bit differently lately? While we all slow with age and have the occasional bout with memory problems, there are clear signs it may be something more.
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. We all forget things once in awhile. Yet when they become frequent and they begin to disrupt your quality of life, its time to check in with the doctor. Watch and take notice if your parent forgets important dates or events, relies extensively on memory aids, such as writing notes and posting them all over the house, or if they ask the same questions over and over again.
2. Difficulty with familiar tasks. Take your parent out for a drive. Can they get to the store? Can they find their way home? You can also check their checking account and verify if they are keeping up with bills and balancing on a regular basis. [Read more…]