If there are any concerning answers from these questions, the doctor may choose to perform a mental status exam, to discover further information on how the patient is coping with daily activities and whether the situation needs to be investigated further.
Memory loss can be a concern. For example, if a patient has been known to leave kitchen appliances running after they have finished using them, such as a hob or an oven, this can be a sign of memory issues. Scenarios such as this are a concern for the patient’s overall safety and wellbeing. A doctor may also examine the patient physically to observe any bruises, cuts or bumps on the skin, and to discover if there is any recollection of how they occurred.
If the doctor thinks that a senior patient may need memory care, they can provide a quick exam to test the person’s mental functioning. The exam will test the individual’s short-term memory, so as long as the individual is able to read, it will give the doctor an insight into how their memory is functioning. The test can include remembering various words that the person has been told during the session, basic numerical tasks, and even tasks such as asking the patient to observe the whereabouts, and distance, between a couple of nearby objects.