Your parents have poured their lives into you and your siblings. Respectively, each of you have grown into parents of your own and have created new lives for yourself. Sometimes, as we mature and grow older, we seem to forget that our parents are aging as well. Then, suddenly, we are faced with the reality that our parents might need help as they are showing early signs of dementia and Alzheimers.
Some of the early signs of Alzheimers can be subtle at first. According to the Alzheimers Association there are ten early warning signs of Alzheimers.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or recreation.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships such as with driving.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
These changes are exactly what Kay and her sister Kathy witnessed with their mother. In speaking with Kay, whose step-father passed from Alzheimer’s in 1997 and recently assisted her mother having to find in-home care for dementia, she explained that it’s hard to see them to lose track of things and see such a change in their personality.
“It was first noticeable when mom would no longer ask my husband to run certain errands for her. Then it became more noticeable when we went on a trip and were in a new environment. When trying to cook in a new kitchen she would become confused and shut down. Then she started to ask the same questions repeatedly.”
Her mother was lucky in that she planned for such an occasion early on with long-term care insurance and had put money aside for such an event. When it became apparent she could no longer remain in her home and it came time to find an assisted living place, the family worked together to assist. Her mother was lucid enough to be able to
When it became apparent she could no longer remain in her home and it came time to find an assisted living place, the family worked together to assist. Her mother was lucid enough to be able to chose a home and has found wonderful care in the Auburn area. But she would not have known what to do should her mother not have had such an organized plan.
This is where Respect Your Elders can step in to assist. We can assess the situation and find the perfect solution to honor the parent and child relationship. We provide peace of mind in either placing certified and licensed caregiver or find a home that would take great care of her parent.
Are you a child of a parent seeing the early signs of Alzheimers or dementia? Contact us today for a free consultation. Help is only a phone call away.