Are you starting to worry about your elderly loved one’s memory? Maybe, they recently started calling you by another person’s name? They may be forgetting to go to their doctor’s appointments. There are many things that senior citizens often forget. Sometimes, it is due to aging and other times it is caused by dementia or other neurodegenerative conditions. Either way, it may be helpful for you to discuss memory loss with your elderly loved one. However, before you do this, there are some tips for having this discussion that you may want to know about and how elder care providers can step in..
Find Your Place
Your elderly loved one may already be aware they are losing their memory. This can be extremely difficult on them. They don’t need someone coming in and telling them they have to receive help. Even if they do need help, it would be best to approach it in a more understanding and calm manner. If your elderly loved one knows that you aren’t trying to take over everything and that you only want to help, they may be more willing to accept that you and elder care providers need to help with some things.
Don’t Take Over Everything
Just because your elderly loved one is experiencing some memory issues, that doesn’t mean they can’t do anything by themselves. For example, if your elderly loved one forgot to go to one of their doctor’s appointments, that doesn’t mean they will never remember another appointment. You or an elder care provider may need to help out. You could give them a reminder call, start driving them instead of having your loved one take a cab, or put automated alerts in their cell phone.
If your elderly loved one has moderate to severe memory loss, it is vital that you are open and honest with them. They may not be aware of how bad things are and pretending it isn’t happening won’t help them. In fact, that could make things a lot worse for your elderly loved one. If you are honest and let your elderly loved one know what is happening and what type of help they need to get, it can make things better for everyone involved.
Having This Discussion and Getting Elder Care Involved Helps
These are some of the tips that can help you to discuss memory loss with your elderly loved one. Now that you have these tips, hopefully, you can go to your elderly loved one with a calmer state of mind. By doing that, the conversation will likely go smoother.