When discussions about memory issues arise this is a difficult situation for the individual, usually the older adult, and the children or the person having to bring up the discussion. It is especially difficult because the person with the memory loss lacks the ability to comprehend. This does not mean that the individual lacks intelligence, but more that the individual’s brain has a short that prevents comprehension. Often the individual denies anything is happening simply because they cannot remember missing events. Other times there is a great deal of anger and frustration which is perfectly understandable considering the circumstances. My suggestion is that if you have family members or others coming to you to talk about short term memory loss, be thankful, kind and patient with them. They are only trying to help.

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PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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