Many cultures look at the outside of people without thinking of the inside. The mind is what controls how a person's body works, what they think and how they feel. Elderly people are very in tune with this concept. This is especially true when their brain ages and they have difficulty remembering things. Often, it is the small details they forget rather than large events. An elderly person that functions quite well otherwise might forget to put food in the refrigerator for a day or two then eat it without knowing it has spoiled. This is one of the dangers of forgetting small things.
Some small things may seem unimportant, but it is the small things that make up normal living. Being unable to remember where the keys for the car are seems small, but a person is stranded when they are lost. An elderly person that forgets to take a needed prescription pill might suffer large consequences. It is at this time the family must decide how much care the person requires, who will take care of them and where they will live out the rest of their life.