Memory lapses are common among seniors. In fact, someone at any age is liable to suffer a memory loss when they’re feeling overwhelmed or over stressed, but lapses in memory become a concern when they begin to occur with some frequency or when their severity increases. For seniors in assisted-living situations, memory lapse is something that caregivers must look out for and evaluate should lapses begin to occur. While it’s important to be on guard against memory loss, there are also some things that caregivers can do to help the seniors in their care stay sharp.
In the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, you may find it fairly easy to maintain a balance between caring for your loved one and taking care of your own needs. But in the later stages, your loved one may have increasing difficulty eating, communicating, and walking, and she’ll become more vulnerable to injury and infections. She will likely require constant supervision and intensive assistance with ambulation, meal times, personal hygiene tasks, and other activities of daily living. Providing quality care at this point can be more than a full-time job.