Noticing Changes in Memory and Function

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If you do not see an aging friend or relative often, changes in his or her health may seem dramatic. In contrast, the primary caregiver might not notice such changes or realize that more help, medical treatment, or supervision is needed. Or, the primary caregiver might not want to accept the fact that the health of his or her spouse or parent is failing. Sometimes a geriatric care manager or other professional is the first to notice changes.

Here are some examples of a few good questions to help you start the conversation with the primary caregiver:

  • If you thought there might be a change in Aunt Joan’s condition, whose opinion would you seek?
  • I didn’t notice Dad repeating himself so much the last time I was here. Do you remember when it started?

Visit our website to learn more about how to assess changes in memory and function in your loved ones.

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