Has your aging parent recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease?  Do you know what Alzheimer’s Disease is?  Do you know what the impact of this diagnosis may be?  Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that can cause problems with memory, thinking, cognition, and behavior. Symptoms usually, although not always, develop slowly and worsen over time.  The end-stages of the disease can become life-threatening.

Although there is not a cure at this time, early detection offers the best chance for effective treatment and improved quality of life. Memory loss is the most widely recognized early warning sign and knowing what to do about it could make all the difference in the treatment options. We would like to share with you three important tips to keep in mind when approaching your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia-related memory issues. 

1. Evaluate the situation early. Have you observed any changes in memory, thinking, or behavior?  Are you worried that your loved one is doing, or not doing something?  Is anyone else noticing the same changes that you are seeing?

Make it a habit to always write down your concerns, because over time it may help demonstrate the difference between what could possibly be Alzheimer’s Disease and is in actuality the normal aging process. It is understood that as we age a certain amount of memory loss and confusion is to be expected, and other factors, such as prescription medications, stress and other health conditions, may affect older adults as well.

Researching memory loss, especially as it relates to Alzheimer’s Disease, is helpful.

Also, reach out and proactively speak with a medical professional or qualified health care provider.  

2. Communicate with your loved one. Share with your loved one your concerns about his or her health. This may be difficult when you have to talk to your loved one about his or her mental health. If possible, include other family members in the discussion and decide who should begin the conversation. Often, it is best to have this discussion with your loved one and several family members face-to-fact.  Be sure the discussion is carried out with compassion, understanding and support.

3. Do not hesitate to reach out for help.  Your first step should be to schedule a doctor’s evaluation. Next step, reach out to the many support organizations, Alzheimer’s Disease, and memory loss assistance programs, and caring professionals.  These groups and professionals can help with daily challenges, getting to medical appointments, and important legal and financial planning items. In addition, our law firm can help you plan for the future to determine what type of long-term care may be needed in the future and how you may be able to afford it.

We know how difficult this conversation can be and want to help. We do telephone, computer, and face-to-face appointments. Our face-to-face appointments are held outside in the open air (frequently selected by clients for document signing) and inside our office conference room. We follow all CDC guidelines. Our office procedures adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols and are designed and enhanced by medical review and air quality engineering.