As we help to care for our elderly it can be a stressful process. Worrying and wondering – what is normal behavior for a senior of their age? What is dangerous and should be addressed? In this blog, we will cover what to look for and what needs to be discussed with their doctor. Seniors may know they are not remembering things the way they used to, not recognizing familiar people right away – but could also be in denial about it or just chalk it up to old age. As family and friends of someone who is aging, we have to know the signs.
Dementia is not a specific disease but is an impairment in the functions that affects daily life. There is no such thing as a blood test for dementia – you have to watch for the signs and if two or more are present, it’s time to talk to the doctor about it. It’s important to know that dementia can’t be cured, but it can be managed at home as long as possible with the help of a doctor, a home health care worker, and lots of love.
Signs of dementia:
It is not easy growing older and losing your independence and what seems to be your value and purpose in life. It’s not easy watching an elderly loved one become more and more childlike. The roles reverse if you are dealing with a parent or grandparent and it’s tough to start being the one who makes decisions in the best interest of their health and well-being. It was always them taking care of you – and knowing when to step in and become the decision maker for someone who was always strong and capable and was your caregiver can be so hard to figure out. If you see two or more of the signs above, take them to the doctor. Go with them. Explain your concerns and let them decide what is going on. There may be a vitamin deficiency, a head injury or a number of other causes of these issues that can be resolved, but if it is dementia, you will need a plan to care for them. If home care is still an option, give NEILS a call. We can help, and want to make it as easy as possible for everyone involved.
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