Each one of us experiences aging differently. Sometimes our minds stay sharp, but it gets harder to move around. Other times, remembering details is a struggle. But no matter how you or your loved one is experiencing the aging process, it is important to recognize when more help might be needed – whether in the form of medical care or emotional support.
Paying attention to early signs like the ones below can help you make proactive and informed care decisions:
- Writing checks or withdrawing money to make payments to unfamiliar people or companies. It can be hard to tell the difference between typical forgetfulness and more serious memory loss caused by aging. Monetary transactions that are out of the norm, or don’t seem to make sense, are worth noting. Detail-oriented activities like these are often the first affected by troubles with memory or logical thinking.
- Taking less interest in things previously enjoyed. Loss of interest can signal depression. If you or your loved one has abruptly stopped doing something they used to enjoy, it may be worth closer consideration. Investigate to find out if the loss of interest stems from feeling tired, sad, or if a physical issue (like a sore back) is making the formerly enjoyed activity difficult.
- Changing eating habits. When you aren’t feeling your best, often a change in appetite is the first sign. Whether an increase or decrease, any notable departure from typical eating habits can signal a shift in mental or physical health. If you are concerned, contact a medical professional.
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