For an adult child, noticing that a parent is experiencing memory loss can be very scary. Is it Alzheimer’s Disease? The increasing prevalence in Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia related illness is causing rising concern for adult children.
If you notice that a loved one or friend is experiencing memory loss, it is important not to jump to conclusions. Memory loss from time to time is normal. Have you ever walked into your kitchen pantry and forgotten what you were looking for? That type of memory loss is very normal and can be caused by stress or having a lot on your mind. Often retracing your steps can be a solution.
If you notice a loved one is forgetting the uses of normal household items, then you might have cause for concern. For example, if you open the freezer and find your mom has put the iron there.
It is also important to understand that Alzheimer’s Disease is one disease under the umbrella of a host of dementia-related illnesses. Many think that all dementia is incurable and is a terminal illness, this is not true.
Some other reasons a love one is experiencing memory loss would be changes in medication, depression, urinary tract infection, and several other health issues. It is best to see your primary care physician when you have concerns with your loved one’s health.
Below are some warning signs to watch for according to the Alzheimer’s Association;
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar task.
- Confusion with time and place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing items and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased poor judgement.
- Withdrawal from social or work activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
When you start the conversation with your parent or loved one regarding memory loss, have lots of patience and provide support. You will want to offer comfort and try not to argue or be critical. Limiting distractions and a familiar setting with a distinctive plan will aide in the comfort of your loved one during these difficult conversations. Encourage your loved one that you have some concerns for their health and would like to go with them to the doctor for support.
For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association, visit www.alz.org or locally visit the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at www.health.usf.edu/byrd
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