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Signs That a Person's Mental Capacity Should Be Assessed

by Alice Lesch Kelly  

Spouses or other family members are often the first to notice signs of cognitive decline in others. The following signs might be a hint that a family member needs to be assessed:

  • Losing or misplacing things such as keys more often than in the past
  • Struggling to think of the right words to express a thought or identify an object
  • Forgetting to keep appointments
  • Forgetting recent conversations or events
  • Changes in the ability to move
  • A decline in thinking skills, such as those involving time management or decision making
  • Feeling disoriented or getting lost in familiar places

This content first appeared in the July 2018 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.