Sometimes, memory loss can show itself through “awkward” social behavior. This is especially true if this behavior is noticeably different from how you’ve known your elder loved one to behave. These signs can include…
Inability to detect sarcasm
Those experiencing memory loss can often lose their ability to detect sarcasm. The same jokes that used to land with your elderly loved one might begin to go right over their head. They’ll be unusually gullible and will take sarcastic comments as literal statements.
Using hurtful words
If you’ve always known your loved one to be kind and sweet, or at least hold back hurtful opinions, you might be surprised to find them saying hurtful things about you and others. Before you get angry, know that these hurtful statements might be out of their control. They could be exhibiting early signs of memory loss.
Prolonged staring might be a sign that memory loss is on the way for the elders in your life. Even mid conversation, they might begin to stare at you, others, or objects for uncomfortable periods of time. Eye movement might also become irregular, causing them to lose focus or skip lines while reading.