Are you noticing you or your loved one having lapses in memory, trouble differentiating between time and place or forgetting how to do some things that are common in daily routines? If so, you or your loved one may be dealing with a form of memory loss. If you suspect this, you may be unsure of where to turn or what to do.It’s important to see a doctor, as they can help you see the difference between normal aging and memory loss, and let you know what is common and what is cause for concern.
According to Cydney Hansen, Marketing Director at CountryHouse, a memory care community in Granite Bay, CA, visiting a health professional can help you and your loved one significantly if you believe memory loss is the issue. “Because normal aging and memory loss can appear so similar, it’s crucial to see a doctor as soon as you begin to notice signs,” says Cydney. “If you are dealing with memory loss, your doctor can help both you and your loved one prepare for the changes ahead, provide you with valuable resources and advise you in forming your care team.”
At your visit, your doctor will perform a complete medical evaluation, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s guide, Partnering with Your Doctor: A Guide for Persons with Memory Problems and Their Care Partners. The guide states that this medical evaluation could include:
- Completing medical and psychiatric history records
- Getting lab tests and physical and neurological exams completed
- Assessing the ability to perform activities of daily living
- Examining mental status
- Providing a family or caregiver interview
- And possibly more
Although there is no specific test that can tell if you or a loved one have memory loss, this evaluation and assessment can determine or rule out any future problems. Call your doctor to schedule a visit as soon as possible.
How to Prepare for a Doctor’s Visit About Memory Loss
Before your doctor’s appointment, it helps to be prepared well in advance. By knowing what to take along, being informed about the potential diagnosis and having questions prepared, you can ensure the visit runs smoothly and you leave with the answers and support you need. Try some of the following tips from the Alzheimer’s Association®.
- Take a list of medications. To ensure medications aren’t causing memory loss symptoms, take a list of both past and current medications for the doctor to review. This can ensure medicines aren’t reacting negatively with each other and that your doctor can prescribe medicines that won’t cause an adverse reaction in the future with other medications.
- Bring doctor/health records. If you are seeing a new doctor, take the old records you have. You can obtain these by calling your past doctor for a copy. It can also help your doctor to have a family history drawn up so they can make connections and see what may be causing your symptoms.
- Write out symptoms. Keep a detailed list of what symptoms you or your loved one are dealing with. Be sure to be specific because every detail is important. Make sure you know when, or around when, they occurred so your doctor can keep a record.
- Be prepared with questions. A memory loss diagnosis can come with quite a few questions. Think of some ahead of time and write them down so that you can get the answers you need.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s guide states that after a diagnosis, you or your loved one’s doctor should explain the diagnosis, inform you of what you can expect and provide resources for further support and education. They will talk to you about potential treatments and how caregivers can help as well as schedule further testing and appointments if needed. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any questions you may have, from treatments you can use that don’t involve medication to future care concerns including memory care communities. They can provide you with the expert insight you need to make the best decisions for you or your loved one.
Providing the Expert Support and Guidance You Deserve.
At CountryHouse at Granite Bay, we know that a memory loss diagnosis can be difficult. We’d like to help. Let us be your shoulder and provide you with extra support and education to help you feel more confident and aware of the changes that may come in the future. Call us today for more information at 916•850•2774.
Treating people like family is at the heart of what we do.
CountryHouse at Granite Bay is the very first CountryHouse location in California. With a desirable location among Folsom Lake and the Sierra foothills, and only 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, Granite Bay was the perfect area to place our upscale memory care community. While CountryHouse at Granite Bay may be brand new to California, we are certainly not new to the needs of seniors. And just like every CountryHouse around the United States, we know that personalized care can make all the difference when it comes to quality care and peace of mind.
At CountryHouse at Granite Bay, we provide personalized memory care in an environment that is beautiful and thoughtfully designed. Full of natural light, warmth and tasteful elegance, we want residents and their families to feel welcome and at home. In fact, our staff members are even hand-picked based on their natural empathy. Our staff learns each resident’s story, from their likes and dislikes to their values and their pasts, in order to customize care and make meaningful connections that provide residents with true moments of joy and the desire to make the most of each day.
With our LifeCycles wellness programming, we encourage residents to connect, engage and enjoy every day. Our LifeCycles programming is designed to focus on the four dimensions of wellness: physical, social, spiritual and intellectual. We achieve this through a range of daily activities and routines, which can include daily bus rides, cookouts, trips and other special events. At CountryHouse at Granite Bay, we strive to make sure our residents make the most of each day, and we believe that when you treat people like family, and keep that at the heart of what you do, residents, their families and their health thrive. Contact us to learn more!
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CountryHouse is part of the Agemark family of senior living communities.