It’s normal to experience changes as you get older which is why it’s easy to ignore unusual symptoms. That said some symptoms should never be ignored. In fact, some physical symptoms can be a sign of a more serious health condition which is why you should discuss sudden changes with your doctor.
Seeking medical attention is essential for diagnosing serious health problems early. Not only will this help you determine the cause and a treatment plan, but it may also help prevent long-term complications. Here are 10 physical symptoms seniors should never ignore.
Sudden Confusion or Memory Loss
According to the National Institute on Aging, “Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging.” It’s normal to misplace your glasses or forgetting which word to use on occasion. That said, sudden confusion or changes in your memory is not normal and could mean there is a serious underlying issue.
Sudden confusion or memory loss could indicate dehydration, anoxia (loss of oxygen supply to your body or brain), brain tumor, a reaction to a medication, urinary tract infection, thyroid problems, or other infections. The good news is that many of these conditions are treatable, but make sure you don’t ignore these symptoms and see a doctor straight away.