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How to talk to your parents about signs of dementia symptoms

How to talk to your parents about signs of dementia symptoms

How to talk to your parents about signs of dementia symptoms

It can be difficult to know when to start having conversations about dementia with your parents. The earlier you catch the signs, the sooner they can get help. There are a few key things to look for when trying to determine whether your parent may be developing dementia symptoms.

In this article, we will discuss those signs as well as what you need to do if you think your parent may have dementia.

Discuss it in the beginning

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a decline in cognitive abilities. It is a collection of symptoms. Early onset dementia, which refers to dementia that occurs before the age of 65, is relatively rare, but can be devastating for both the person affected and their loved ones. If you notice any changes in your parent’s memory, thinking, or behavior, it is important to have a conversation with them about it.

While it can be difficult to broach the topic, you should do so as early as possible. This will give you the opportunity to discuss treatment options and make plans while they can still make decisions for themselves. It also can help to reduce stress and anxiety for both you and your parents. If you are not sure how to start the conversation, consider talking to your doctor or a counselor who can help you navigate this sensitive topic.

Discuss it frequently

Many people find it difficult to talk to their parents about sensitive topics, such as ageing and health. However, it is important to have these conversations on a regular basis, especially if you notice any changes in your parent’s behavior or cognition. One topic that should be discussed is the onset of dementia symptoms. This can be a difficult conversation, but it is important to have an open and honest discussion.

Make sure to listen to your parent’s concerns and answer any questions they may have. It is also important to provide resources and information about dementia symptoms so that your parent can make informed decisions about their health.

Be present during their consultation

If your parent does receive a diagnosis of dementia symptoms, it is important to be present during their consultation with the doctor. This will help you to understand the diagnosis and make sure that all your questions are answered. It can also be helpful to have another person present, such as a family member or friend.

During the consultation, the doctor will likely discuss the different stages of the disease and the available treatment options. They also will talk about how it will progress and what you can expect in the future. This information can be difficult to hear, but it is important to have a clear understanding of your parent’s condition.

Be prepared to withdraw and try again

It can be a very delicate subject, and you will likely need to approach it with care and sensitivity. One way to start the conversation is by expressing your concerns and sharing any observations you have made. For example, you might say, “I’ve noticed that you’ve been having difficulty finding the right words recently, and I’m concerned.”

It is important to be respectful and understanding, as your parents may be defensive or deny there is a problem. If they are not ready to talk, try again at another time. Remember that this is a difficult subject for them as well, and they may just need some time to process what you have said. Thank them for their time and let them know that you are there for them if they need to talk.

This is a sensitive topic, and your parent may be feeling scared or overwhelmed. Remember to take things at their pace and answer any questions they may have. It is also important to provide resources and information about dementia symptoms.

Memory care options

Our Hensel Memory Enhancement Center is a great option for your family. If you are concerned about your parent’s memory, behavior, or cognition, our Memory Enhancement Center can help. We offer services and amenities that encourage individualized engagement leading to cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological well-being in a safe, supportive, loving environment. Internationally recognized dementia care expert Laura Wayman, known as the Dementia Whisperer, has trained our staff on how to effectively and compassionately communicate and care for residents of the center. (To watch our webinar with Wayman, click here.) We also have a team of experts who can answer any questions you may have.

At Hollenbeck Palms, we understand the importance of early detection. Our team is available 24/7 to help you and your loved ones through this difficult time. We will ensure that you have all the information necessary to make informed decisions about your loved one’s health. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these signs, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately.

To learn more about our Memory Enhancement Center, please email us at [email protected], or call us at (323) 307-4505.