Aging Parents: Navigating Memory Loss

Aging parents Navigating memory loss

Aging Parents: Navigating Memory Loss

Adult children often find themselves needing to help an elderly parent deal with memory loss. But knowing when it’s time for intervention may be tricky if their loved one rejects your concerns or refuses assistance. Here are some suggestions on navigating that tricky transition with respect and dignity.

First and foremost, make sure that you and your parent have an understanding of what’s happening with their memory and behavior. Everyone forgets something from time to time, but if your parent begins regularly missing appointments or forgetting how to reach certain locations they have frequented numerous times before it may be worth consulting their physician about possible assistance.

Do not alarm your elderly parents by raising alarm bells or making hasty judgments regarding what might be going on with their memory. Take the time to evaluate their current abilities before making decisions such as encouraging them to see a doctor or consider assisted living options.

As with any conversation, try and schedule yours at a time when neither party feels rushed; perhaps after dinner or shortly before bedtime. Discussing these concerns may also help your parent understand that their concerns are legitimate; doing so may even prompt them to consider new options.