Roger knew that something was up with his father. The last time he visited he noticed some peculiar changes and behaviors. His father began talking about a friend who had passed away in their youth. What was odd about the conversation was that his father was speaking about him as though he were still alive. Roger’s father also began exhibiting what he came to understand as prospective symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Roger didn’t think he recognized the situation.
He didn’t act or talk like somebody who was aware of the situation. He didn’t seem concerned that his memory could be failing. Roger corrected him about his friend without a second thought, and noticed the confusion setting in. Within a few moments, though, he moved on to a different topic and it seemed that the discussion about his friend was forgotten.
Should Roger tell his father he’s dealing with some form of dementia?
No. Unless he was a trained doctor, a medical professional who had specific training in testing for and diagnosing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it’s not his place to make these assumptions. Yes, some of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be quite clear, but they could also be the product of other conditions.
It could be the result of a different form of dementia. It might be side effects caused by prescription medications. It could even be symptoms of another medical situation that has begun to arise.
Also, unless a person is trained at dealing with these types of situations, that individual might not be prepared for the response an aging parent or other person gives you if you were to say something about dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Encourage him to see his doctor.
You don’t have to be specific about why you’re concerned, but you can ask if he’s been to his doctor recently. Encourage him to make an appointment. Ask if you can go along with him. When you go, you can explain your concerns to the nurse or doctor on staff. Then, he or she can begin the testing process and deal with it in a way that is most conducive to acceptance and accuracy.
Sometimes we want to ‘save’ our aging parents, like Roger did, or other family members and even find it easy to go online and look up various symptoms and think we know what it is, but when it comes to memory related challenges in older men and women, it is essential to be formally diagnosed and that can provide a better foundation for great strategies and a higher quality of life with adequate support in place.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Monroe Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.