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Worried About Alzheimer’s and Dementia? 10 Questions You Should Ask

We can all be forgetful, but how do you know when it’s time to start having discussions about the possibility of Alzheimer’s or dementia? Your loved one’s needs will change as they progress in their later years, and even more drastically so if they are struggling with early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s. The state of their living space and attention to their day-to-day activities are some of the first indicators that something more may be at play.  The answers to these questions may change over time and should be re-addressed regularly.

 

  • Is your loved one eating regular, nutritious meals?
  • Is there fresh food in the refrigerator?
  • What is the overall condition and cleanliness of the home?
  • Has the cleanliness/condition of the home decreased significantly in recent times?
  • Are there stacks of unopened mail?
  • Are the bills being paid?
  • Is your loved one keeping up with their personal appearance (bathing and grooming?)
  • Can your loved one drive safely?
  • Does your family member have regular visits from friends and relatives?
  • Has your loved one had increasing issues with verbal communication, or trouble recalling events and people that should be familiar?

 

It can be difficult for your loved one to see these situations with the same unbiased lens as you do, so be patient if you are met with resistance. It is also important to consider what other factors could be contributing to the situation. For example, could it be that an injury has prevented them from cleaning the house? Regardless, you know your loved one best, and the success of this transition hinges on good communication.

 

The bottom line is that your loved one deserves to be taken care of. If it appears they are unable to do so themselves, it may be time to start talking about memory care. Since it can be dangerous for your loved one to be alone in the latter stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s, it is best to start this assessment process early. As the disease progresses, an in-home caregiver or 24-hour assisted living care may be a better solution to keeping your loved one safe. Even if you need to shift your family member to one of those arrangements, continue assessing their living quarters and activity to ensure they are not being neglected by the caregiver or memory care facility.

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