As you get older, chances are you’ll sometimes forget a word, where you left your car keys, or the name of a neighbor you bumped into at the market.
These small memory lapses happen. They're a normal part of aging -- just like creaky knees, wrinkled skin, or blurry vision.
It can help to:
Write yourself notes.
Place your keys in the same place each day.
Play word games or do crossword puzzles.
Because loss of memory is also a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, you might worry that these...
Personal care like dressing, bathing, and using the toilet
24-hour emergency care
Social and recreational activities
How Do I Find the Right Nursing Home?
It takes time to research nursing homes and decide on the one that’s best for your loved one. So you should start looking long before you’ll need to take the step of moving him. Many facilities often have waiting periods, too. Plan ahead so you can make the transition much easier.
Family and caregivers should talk about what services their loved one needs and how often he needs them. Think about what’s important to you before you start calling different nursing homes.
Before you schedule visits to the ones you’re interested in, ask about vacancies, admission requirements, the level of care they provide, and if they accept payment with Medicare, Medicaid, or other government-funded health insurance options.