Age-related memory loss is often a normal part of aging, and if experienced, doesn’t necessarily mean you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s. But since irreversible dementias can often present the same mild memory symptoms at first as less serious issues, it is not unusual for caretakers to be alert to any sign of memory loss in an aging loved one. It’s difficult to know when there is cause for concern.
First Steps To Take
1) Observe Carefully
Observing can be difficult, as the elderly often try to cover up their diminishing memories. But keep a close eye on the types of things being forgotten. Does your elderly loved one have those little lapses in memory we all have—misplacing keys or glasses, forgetting an appointment every so often—but just a little more frequently than before? Or do they get lost in familiar neighborhoods, forget the names of close friends or family members, or forget they left the stove on? Some of these memory lapses are of more concern than others.
2) See Your Doctor
The first thing that most caretakers think of in these situations is usually Alzheimer’s disease. But this isn’t necessarily the cause, and doctors will usually conduct diagnosis through a process of elimination that may include blood and urine tests, memory tests, or an MRI.
There are a range of possible causes of memory loss in the elderly which include the following:
Side Effects of Medication
A wide range of medications can affect memory. These include anti-anxiety drugs, statins commonly taken for cholesterol, antidepressants, beta-blockers, sleeping meds, and more. If your parent is on any of these medications, it’s important to discuss their memory symptoms with the prescribing physician.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Vitamin B12 deficiency is rare, but it does occur—and when it does, it can cause memory issues. This disease causes the bone marrow to produce larger and fewer red blood cells than normal. In addition to memory issues, symptoms include fatigue, yellowish skin, headaches, balance problems, and tingling or numbness in the feet and hands.
Depression, stress, and anxiety
It isn’t unusual for older people to have these problems, especially those coping with social isolation and boredom, loss of mobility, or the death of a spouse. Aging comes with big challenges that can cause extreme stress, and this is often enough to affect memory.
Sometimes referred to as “water in the brain,” this involves an excess of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain. Usually, it is diagnosed in infancy, but occasionally elderly people can get it through meningitis, brain hemorrhage, or other trauma. Symptoms in addition to memory issues may include loss of bladder control and a distinctive shuffling walk.
Brain tumors sound terrifying—and in many cases they are—but some tumors are benign and not life-threatening. These can cause memory problems as well as problems with cognitive function and even personality. Other symptoms include seizures, vomiting, and headaches. The first symptoms, particularly in older adults, often look like dementia.
These are blood clots caused by bruising in the brain. When they occur in the subdural area, between the surface of the brain and the thin membrane around it, symptoms can look like dementia. These are life-threatening; they are usually caused by serious head trauma, but in elderly people, they can also occur after minor head injuries.
Either an overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormones can cause dementia-like symptoms. Both can be detected by a blood test. An overactive thyroid can be removed or destroyed, usually fixing the memory issues; underproduction of these hormones is often treated with replacement therapy, but this may not fix the dementia symptoms.
Those who are severely alcoholic may become thinking-impaired due to long-term malnutrition or decades of overconsumption of alcohol. Abstinence can sometimes help restore brain function.
This problem arises from insufficient blood supply to the brain. It’s the result of a series of tiny strokes that may go unnoticed, causing cumulative damage. The symptoms include a marked an abrupt change in cognitive performance as well as slurred speech, paralysis, and confusion. Usually, those with a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes are particularly at risk, as are those who have had a stroke before.
There are a large number of diseases and conditions that can cause memory loss. While some symptoms can be spotted ahead of time, it’s best to take your loved one to a doctor for a firm diagnosis. The earlier your loved one gets to the doctor, the greater the chance for a positive outcome.
Texas Memory Care Communities
1520 Katy Gap Road | Katy, TX
The Legacy at Falcon Point in Katy, TX is a luxury senior community providing personalized assisted living and memory care. Our monthly, ALL-INCLUSIVE charges include personalized meals, on-site licensed nurse, weekly housekeeping and maintenance, transportation, utilities (with phone and cable options), medication supervision, personal, grooming assistance, and much more! Our trained staff assists residents with all daily living activities, including dressing, bathing, and managing medications in a comfortable home environment. Conveniently located to Brookshire, Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Katy, Houston and Sugar Land, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
21175 Southwest Freeway | Richmond, TX
Clayton Oaks Living is a beautifully appointed assisted living and memory care community in Richmond, TX that provides the latest state-of-the-art amenities available. Short-term respite upon availability. Please call for details. Our team of resident-focused caregivers, who are empowered to serve and share a passion for ensuring residents’ well being, are onsite 24-hours each day. They can assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming, managing their medication, and other activities of daily living in the comfort and privacy of residents’ apartment homes. Chef-prepared meals. Restaurant-style ordering and service. Lic. #106184. Conveniently located to Houston, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg and Sugar Land, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
16700 Ella Blvd. | Houston, TX
Ella Springs Senior Living Community, located at the intersection of Cypress Creek Parkway and Ella Blvd in Spring TX (not far from The Woodlands) provides a full complement of assisted living or memory care services at an affordable rate. State-of-the-art movie theater with comfy seating, walking paths, BBQ pavilion and a wide variety of apartment sizes and up-gradable features. There are numerous dining rooms and menu options to choose from. From a full-service dining room offering table service, to quick grab and go fare, our array of quality menu choices and flexible hours should satisfy large and small appetites alike. Respite. Monthly Caregiver Support Group. Pet-friendly and dog park. Conveniently located to Conroe, Houston, Spring, The Woodlands, and Tomball, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
400 Landing Blvd. | League City, TX
The Cottages at Clear Lake is a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available.Monthly Caregiver Support Group. License No.’s: 010237, 010241, 105485. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. Conveniently located to Clear Lake, Dickinson, Houston and League City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
7001 West Plano Pkwy | Plano, TX
Prestonwood Court in Plano is an assisted living and memory community designed to provide a full spectrum of services and senior care. Assisted living gives residents the best of both worlds offering independence with personal care and support services available if they need them. We know each memory care resident has unique needs. Our dedicated 24-hour Care Staff works closely with your family to build a relationship of trust with each Resident by helping them stay connected to their own “life story” and to function at his or her highest potential. Pet-friendly. TX ID# 102673. Conveniently located to Allen, Carrollton, Dallas, Frisco, Garland and Richardson, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
6811 Plum Creek Drive | Amarillo, TX
The Cottages at Quail Creek is a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Caring staff dedicated to caring for individual needs of Alzheimer’s resident. License No.’s: 030318, 030324. Privately owned and operated. Adult day and respite care provided. Pet-friendly. Caregiver Support Group: 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00. Conveniently located to Lubbock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1295 Kinwest Pkwy | Irving, TX
MacArthur Hills offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, and respite. We are located in the community of Las Colinas and neighboring the premier Hackberry Creek neighborhood in Irving, TX. We offer our residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through our industry-leading educational, health and wellness programs. Chef prepared and resident inspired meals served in our restaurant-style dining rooms to custom fit your dietetic needs and desires. Our unique setting and amenities will engage family and friends alike to share in what will be the best of years to come. And yes, your best friend is welcome too – We are pet-friendly! Conveniently located to Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Duncanville, Farmers Branch and Grapevine, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
11630 Four Iron Drive | Austin, TX
Arden Courts of Austin was created exclusively for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Arden Courts feature an open floor plan designed to encourage interaction and independence. Our staff receives extensive, ongoing training and education. Their expertise is utilized in creating special programming, engagement therapy, teaching life skills and making a difference in the life of your loved one. Learn how a respite stay can be a caregiver’s short-term strategy and how it could lead a long-term solution for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia’s. ALF Type B. License No. 100262. Conveniently located to Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1606 Nash Avenue | Austin, TX
Barton Hills is a licensed assisted living personal care home providing Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care in a loving and safe environment. Three hot, delicious and nutritious meals served daily, 24-hour care attendant supervision, licensed nurse on staff, medication supervision and monitoring, assistance with grooming, bathing, hygiene, social and recreational activities, housekeeping services and more. Affordable assisted living rates. Private and semi-private rooms. Respite care and adult day services available. Licensed as a Type B #000389. Respite and Adult Day Services Available. Conveniently located to Bee Cave, Buda, Kyle and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
11330 Farrah Lane | South Austin, TX
The skilled, compassionate professionals at Silverado Onion Creek, an assisted living and memory care community in South Austin, is dedicated to providing residents with the dignity and care they deserve while they enjoy the community’s warm atmosphere. Comfortable surroundings and engagement activities designed with the needs of memory-impaired individuals in mind help ensure the goal of enriching the lives of both residents and their families. Family Support Group Meetings. Small Pet-Friendly. Call or visit Silverado Onion Creek today! Conveniently located to Austin, Buda, Kyle and Pflugerville, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
9205 Collinfield Dr | Austin, TX
The Collinfield House is dedicated to providing unparalleled Assisted Living care to the aging in Austin, TX. Ask about our approach to Memory Care. We have beautiful and lush living spaces that serve to both relax and engage – truly a warm, family environment. At The Collinfield House, our friendly and enthusiastic caregivers are engaged in the health and happiness of our residents, offering interactive and enriching activities throughout the day including memory care, gardening, a book club, arts and crafts, devotionals, daily exercise and homemade meals. We are an exclusive home for up to seven residents. License #139665. Type B-Small. Member: Texas Assisted Living Association.Conveniently located to Cedar Park, Elgin, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
2215 South Lakeline Blvd. | Cedar Park, TX
Avalon Memory Care in Cedar Park is a licensed assisted living community certified in caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s memory care or related dementia’s. Full-time RN. Spacious private or semi-private bedroom. Secured yard, covered decks, and garden areas. Three home-cooked meals daily plus nourishment supplements and snacks between meals and will accommodate special diets as prescribed by a physician. Avalon Memory Care has gone to great lengths to provide a model of care that is uniquely tailored to the special needs of the Alzheimer’s resident. We offer a planned schedule of activities that make use of the resources of our homes and the beautiful surroundings of our neighborhood. Conveniently located to Georgetown, Leander and NW Austin. MORE DETAILS >>
1841 Crystal Falls Parkway | Leander, TX
Legacy at Crystal Falls in Leander, TX is a state-of-the-art concierge assisted living and memory care community providing top-tier care while maintaining our resident’s privacy and independence, all in a luxurious resort-style environment. Legacy at Crystal Falls is LifeWell Senior Living community, developer of assisted living and memory care communities that keep residents engaged in a life they love – a life worth living. Full-Time RN. All inclusive pricing. Month-to-month leases. We adore pets. Small dogs and cats are welcome! Conveniently located to Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Marble Falls and Round Rock, TX.MORE DETAILS >>
14058 A. Bee Cave Parkway | Bee Cave, TX
Silverado Bee Cave is an assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community dedicated to providing skilled, compassionate care to residents with Alzheimer’s and related dementia’s. Residents enjoy the community’s warm atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and engagement activities designed with the needs of memory-impaired individuals in mind helping to ensure the goal of enriching the lives of both residents and their families. Family Support Group Meetings. Small Pet-Friendly. Come visit us soon!Conveniently located to Austin, Bee Cave, Buda, Kyle, Pflugerville and Round Rock, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
2351 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd. | Round Rock, TX
The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock, TX is a state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community for people living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Caring staff dedicated to caring for individual needs of Alzheimer’s resident. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. License No.’s: 030118, 030119, 104692. Conveniently located to Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and Georgetown, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
200 East Debbie Lane | Mansfield, TX
The Isle at Watercrest in Mansfield, TX provides exceptional assisted living, Alzheimer’s Memory Care Support, and Extended Care services all under one roof. Month-to-month rentals. Spacious apartments. You’ll see an amazing difference in the warmth and elegance of our health care neighborhoods. Settle into the luxury and comfort of our spacious apartments with nine-foot ceilings, deluxe appointments, and crown molding. We are the area’s only full continuum of care community. You or your loved one can remain near each other despite different medical need You’ll feel right at home. Conveniently located to Burleson, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Fort Worth and Midlothian, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
8111 Wade Blvd. | Frisco, TX
The Cottages at Chapel Creek is a state-of-the-art certified assisted living residence for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders. The unique floor plan and luxury finish out provides consistency and a home-like environment. Well-balanced meals are served family-style in each cottage. Our caregivers are specially trained to provide for those with memory impairments. Apartments for couples available. Monthly caregiver support group for loved ones of those living with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders every third Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Privately owned and operated. Pet-friendly. Facility #106486. Conveniently located to Carrollton, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
354 Matlock Rd. | Mansfield, TX
5001 Schertz Parkway | Schertz, TX
The Legacy at Forest Ridge in Schertz, TX is a premier community dedicated to providing seniors with innovative, assisted living and memory care. We offer concierge, experienced care in a luxurious, resort-like community. The Legacy at Forest Ridge offers all private rooms equipped with an extremely high standard for features, comfort, and details so each resident enjoys the same luxuries and level of living throughout the community. The Legacy at Forest Ridge is a LifeWell Senior Living community. Conveniently located to Cibolo, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Schertz and Selma, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
5585 Caruth Haven Lane | Dallas, TX
Caruth Haven Court in Dallas, Texas offers Assisted Living and Memory Care services in elegant surroundings where residents are always made to feel special and at home. Our senior residents enjoy wonderful amenities with luxurious surroundings that include our elegant dining room, a fireside library, spacious lounges, covered verandas and a beautifully landscaped courtyard. We are committed to excellence at Caruth Haven Court and take great pride in exceeding the expectations of our residents and their families. Caruth Haven Court is pet-friendly and managed by 12 Oaks Senior Living, a leader of quality senior care. TX ID# 030302. Conveniently located to Mesquite and Richardson, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
335 South FM 548 | Forney, TX
Three Forks of Forney, a 12 Oaks Senior Living community, is an exceptional Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community in historic Forney, TX. Our senior living community is a quick 330-minute drive east of Dallas, located between Terrell and Mesquite. Our beautiful community offers assisted living, dementia / memory care services. Our memory care wing was designed specifically for memory loss residents. The layout allows them the freedom to walk about while always remaining in sight of the staff.Respite care when available. We provide restaurant-style gourmet-quality fine dining. Our professional staff members do the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. Visit Three Forks of Forney today! Conveniently located to Forney, Mesquite, and Terrell, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
4907 Williams Dr. | Georgetown, TX
Legacy at Georgetown is an assisted living and memory care community in Georgetown TX. Combining the latest technology with devoted staff, our residents and their families have the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing they have access to the assistance they need and a life they enjoy. All-Inclusive Pricing. Our caregivers offer the support each resident needs with compassion and attention. From an active social calendar to delicious meals to comfortable accommodations, Legacy at Georgetown is a home where our residents can stay engaged in a life they love! Lic #105556. Conveniently located to Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock, Salado and Sun City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
1650 County Road 245 Georgetown, TX
Rocky Hollow Lake House is a beautiful assisted living and memory care in Georgetown, Texas (conveniently located to Round Rock and Sun City, TX). Private and shared floor plans with private baths and kitchenette’s in all. Attendants 24/7. All-Inclusive Pricing.Certified Dementia Practitioners. Chef prepared fine dining. Exercise program for strengthening and conditioning. Over one acre of secured walking paths. We are a family-run operation and have been for the last 10 years. Pet-friendly. Respite care available. Lic #102467 & #103423 – Type B / Memory Care. Conveniently located to Round Rock and Sun City, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
335 South FM 548 | Forney, TX
Three Forks of Forney, a 12 Oaks Senior Living community, is an exceptional Alzheimer’s and memory care assisted living community in historic Forney, TX. Our senior living community is a quick 30-minute drive east of Dallas, located between Terrell and Mesquite. Our beautiful community offers assisted living, dementia / memory care services. Our memory care wing was designed specifically for memory loss residents. The layout allows them the freedom to walk about while always remaining in sight of the staff.Respite care when available. We provide restaurant-style gourmet-quality fine dining. Our professional staff members do the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. Visit Three Forks of Forney today! Conveniently located to Forney, Mesquite and Terrell, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
4800 Briarwood Ave. | Midland, TX
Legacy Ranch is a licensed Memory Care community located in Midland, TX. Our unique approach offers a symphony of services, all orchestrated to address the needs of our residents. We build upon their strengths, which encourages each person to live life to the fullest! Our caregivers provide loving supervision throughout the day, assisting residents with activities of daily living, such as grooming and toileting. Staff, including LVN’s and Medical Technicians, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Legacy Ranch is a secured property, which is a great comfort to families who have loved ones who are prone to wandering or suffer from “sundowners”. Devotional services are provided at the property and we are small pet-friendly. Conveniently located to Gardendale, Greenwood, Midland, Odessa and Stanton, TX. MORE DETAILS >>
6102 Grand Court Road | San Angelo, TX
The Springs is a licensed assisted living memory care community located in San Angelo, TX. A nurse is on staff at The Springs Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Our unique approach orchestrates our entire community to surround our Residents’ needs and builds upon their strengths, allowing them to live to their fullest potential.The staff at The Springs provide supervision and are able to remind residents to attend to activities of daily living such as grooming and toileting. It is a secured property. Residents who are prone to wandering can be accepted. Devotional services are provided to residents. Small Pet-Friendly. 24-hour staffing. Conveniently located to Carlsbad, Christoval, Knickerbocker, Mertzon and San Angelo, TX. MORE DETAILS >>