Will You be Visiting Aging Family Members
During the Next Few Weeks?
In-Person or Virtually?
Whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other occasion, you probably haven’t seen them in almost a year, particularly with the pandemic.
You will want to look for changes, subtle or drastic, such as:
Mom’s recipes don’t taste the same, like something was left out or the wrong amount
Dad doesn’t engage in conversation as before
Grandma repeats questions...frequently
The once tidy house has dust and clutter
The litter boxes aren’t scooped or the dog hasn’t been bathed
The barely driven car has new dents or is in disrepair
These signs are cause for concern. However, this is not the time for you to “wait and see”...until there is a crisis or accident. This is your cue to be proactive and perhaps have a family conversation. Be prepared because, if you think it’s getting close to “that time”, it most assuredly is.
Believe me, I empathize with the tendency to hesitate. I’ve been in your position. It’s not easy, but do you think it’s going to get easier? With good preparation and guidance now, helping your family member living with dementia will be more manageable going forward.
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