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What Can You Do if You Aren't Sure if Your Aging Adult Has Memory Issues?

By Mike Jackson

Sometimes as a caregiver, you might feel as if you're too close to the situation with your aging family member. In this situation, what you might need most of all is another way to determine what is really going on with your elderly family member.

Talk to Your Aging Adult

There is a possibility that your elderly family member has noticed memory issues, too. Talking to her about what you're noticing and finding out if she's concerned can help you know what to do next. The point isn't to worry your aging adult or to make her feel self-conscious. If she's not comfortable with the conversation, it's okay to try another option.

Talk to Other Family Members

Other family members might be too nervous to mention that they're concerned, too. Try opening a dialogue with them about whether they've seen anything that concerns them. You might ask if they've noticed anything or if there's anything that they think is a little off with your senior. Some family members might say that they're not sure what hasn't seemed right, so you might not get specific examples.

Bring the Issue up with Her Doctor

Your elderly family member's doctor can help you to get to the bottom of any memory issues that she's having. There are so many potential causes for memory issues beyond dementia and many of them are reversible. This could be an excellent way to improve your elderly family member's quality of life quickly and easily.

Assess What Could Help

Systems and tools could help to make your life and your aging adult's life easier as you cope with the memory issues that she's experiencing. For example, hiring elder care providers can help you to feel more comfortable when you have to be away from your senior. Having other family members step in with meal preparation can help you to make sure your elderly family member is eating nutritious meals.

If you're still the only one who notices any problems, that doesn't mean that you're wrong. Ask your elderly family member's doctor what else you need to watch for so that you have a checklist of sorts.

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDER CARE IN BOISE, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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