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Exposing Dementia and Alzheimer’s Cover-ups

Here’s what’s important: it doesn’t matter if you have a diagnosis for your aging parent or not. It matters how your aging parent functions. It matters how you deal with what you see.

Even as we are become more and more aware of how manage and treat dmentia and Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t make tit any easier to those trying to cope with the effects  of these devasting diseases . Many a reader will be familiar with the terrible uncertainty and concern we feel as we care for an elderly loved one. Fortunately, Carolyn Rosenblatt of Forbes has more advice to give in her article.

One the many dangers the elderly face as their mind and memories being to slip away is their desire to live in denial.  The temptation to hide from their impairment is overwhelming. Yet although we want to hope for the best we need to plan for the worst.

Nor does medical science make it any easy for us to definitively know for sure if we have dementia or Alzheimer’s since there is no real test these diseases.

It is important, therefore, to know the symptoms of these diseases as well as some of the early telltales to watch for.  

The original article has advice and anecdotes to offer along with the author’s four steps to follow to help families cope with this health crisis. First, as soon as you notice a problem, it is important to confront the issue. Persuade your loved one to visit a doctor, a specialist if possible, so that the disease can be  detected in the early stages. Second, you must secure their estate planning documents while they have legal capacity to know and understand what they are doing. Third, you must explore care alternatives available for your loved ones as the disease advances. Finally, you have to discuss the circumstances openly with all family members, so everyone is aware of the circumstances and can work together to protect your loved one. 

Reference: Forbes (August 11, 2011) “The Danger of Your Aging Parent Covering Up Dementia

Nor does medical science make it any easy for us to definitively know for sure if we have dementia or Alzheimer’s since there is no real test these diseases.

It is important, therefore, to know the symptoms of these diseases as well as some of the early telltales to watch for.  

 

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