5 Signs Your Loved One May Be Struggling With Memory Issues

As we age, it’s natural for some degree of memory loss to occur. However, when memory issues begin to interfere with daily life, it may be indicative of a more serious condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to The National Institute on Aging, experts suggest that more than 6 million Americans, most of them age 65 or older, may have Alzheimer’s.

At Cave Creek Assisted Living, we understand the importance of recognizing the signs of memory problems early on. Here are five key indicators to watch for:

Difficulty With Tasks

An early sign of significant memory loss is when a loved one struggles to perform tasks they once did effortlessly.

While occasional forgetfulness is common, persistent difficulty in recalling familiar steps, such as preparing meals or operating household appliances, may signal a more serious issue.


Disorientation goes beyond typical memory lapses. It involves confusion about time, place, or circumstances. Your loved one may appear lost or unaware of their surroundings, or they may become disoriented in time, mistaking the present for the past.

Language Difficulties

Serious memory problems can impact language skills, causing difficulty in finding the right words or understanding conversations. Your loved one may struggle to express themselves coherently or comprehend spoken or written language effectively, making it difficult to communicate with strangers.

At Cave Creek Assisted Living, our memory care staff is specially trained to communicate and help our residents with issues expressing themselves, making sure to always provide the best care possible for your loved ones.

Challenges With Abstract Thinking

Trouble with abstract thinking, such as handling finances or making decisions, can be a red flag for worsening memory issues. Tasks that require logical reasoning or problem-solving may become increasingly challenging for individuals experiencing cognitive decline, making it increasingly difficult for your loved ones to live on their own without specialized memory care assistance.

Poor Judgment

Declining memory may lead to poor judgment and decision-making. Your loved one may make impulsive or irrational choices that are out of character for them. Recognizing significant changes in decision-making behavior is crucial for addressing underlying memory issues.

At Cave Creek Assisted Living, we specialize in providing personalized care and support for individuals with memory-related conditions. Our dedicated team is trained to recognize the early signs of memory problems and develop tailored care plans to meet the unique needs of each resident.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory issues and may benefit from assisted care living, we encourage you to reach out to Cave Creek Assisted Living today for more information.

Posted 4/30/24