"Well she needs a bit more care than she used to, sometimes she doesn't remember to turn the stove off after making dinner, but she's mostly fine with living on her own."
These are the excuses we make for our parents, until the doctor tells us it's the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's. A death sentence in our minds. Now what?
As a caregiver, or future caregiver, you should talk to your loved one. Tell them you will be there for them, they don't need to go it alone. If you don't know what to say, contact your local Alzheimer support organization.
Then tell others. Don't be embarrassed, share what is going on with those closest to you. Here's what one early stage patient said: “It’s a funny thing. Some of the people I was most worried about telling turned out to be really understanding. There were others too, though, that just didn’t understand at all.”
And we're here to help. We've been through this process and know what to expect. We can help you find the right support group, locate care facilities for the future and make plans so that everyone can be prepared. If you don't know where to turn or what to do next, drop me an email.
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
Debbie Carroll, Founder
The Senior Sage