When does forgetting minor details turn from normal to concerning? It is a question that almost everyone asks as they get older or as their parents age. It is important to note that while forgetfulness is not a normal part of aging, it is common to experience scatterbrain moments like walking into a room and not remembering why on earth you walked in or misplacing your keys. However, there are some signs that your forgetfulness might warn of a more significant issue, like Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia.
While this list is not comprehensive, it can give you a guide to know when a doctor visit might be warranted. Remember, while Alzheimer’s Diesease is not curable, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner treatment, education and coping skills are found that can make both the senior and family more comfortable.
Adults of any age may show signs and symptoms of depression. Signs and symptoms of depression may increase as adults age due to an increase in chronic conditions and a decrease in mobility or body functions. However, it is important to note that depression itself is not a normal part of aging. The CDC reports that most seniors who are depressed are underdiagnosed and undertreated, which means that more seniors are experiencing feelings of sadness, sleep disturbances, or other effects that come from depression.
For those caring for seniors, it is important to approach both diagnosed and undiagnosed depression from many angles. Besides the clinical side of depression treatment, like prescription medications and psychotherapy, there is also plenty to be said about healthy socialization and life enrichment opportunities. Here are a few ways to put some good moments into a senior’s day through life enrichment activities and events.