The first thing that many people think of when they think about Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. For many family caregivers this means that the moment that they hear their aging parent question something, repeat a story that they have already told, or forget that they need to do something, their caregiver worries that they are at the beginning of a progression with Alzheimer’s disease.
But is memory loss always a sign of Alzheimer’s disease? The answer is no.
Occasional memory issues or challenges are normal with older age and your parent might sometimes seem to have forgotten things or take time to recall something, but this does not necessarily mean that they are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is important that you pay close attention to the signs of memory loss that they are demonstrating so that you can detect if it is simply normal or if it may be something that needs to be brought to the attention of your parent’s doctor.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to memory loss is whether it negatively impacts your parent’s daily life. Normal memory loss can include things such as briefly forgetting someone’s name or occasionally forgetting an appointment or activity, but then remembering it.
Memory loss that might be cause for concern includes more serious issues such as consistently asking you for help with tasks, needing reassurance about things and asking for the same details or information several times, forgetting appointments, dates, or activities frequently, or not being able to remember names or people that should be familiar to them.
Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your care journey. Having a senior home care services provider in the home with your aging parent can ensure that they have ongoing access to the care, support, and assistance that they need to manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the ways that are right for them while also respecting the care that you give them on a regular basis.
This means that your parent can stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible throughout their later years. As their family caregiver this will give you confidence and peace of mind that your senior will get everything that they need both when you are with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services near Lititz PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author