May 31, 2017 by Robert Myer
You never thought it would happen in your family. Your mom or dad may have always been the vibrant head of the household. Whenever you needed a shoulder to lean on, it’s been your mom or dad. Your parent not only cares about and loves you, they understand your needs. Until the day they no longer recognize you.
If your mother or father has been diagnosed with dementia, and as it progressed to the point where they consistently forgot where they left their keys or where they parked their car, dementia care professionals suggest these are warning signs that the disease is progressing. Both you and your senior loved one may be overwhelmed, emotional and frustrated with the rapid decline in mental health. However, there is no timeline, each individual progresses though the stages of dementia differently. For some, unusual mood behaviors may be an indicator that your mother or father’s personality is changing and you may recognize they have no control over their emotions.
The hardest and most unforgettable change is the day when your mother or father looks at you as if you were a stranger. You say, “Hi mom” or “Hi dad.” The response you get in return is almost frightening. Not only do they not recognize you as their son or daughter, but they also do not recognize you at all, often times reluctant to communicate with you, as they may be fearful. Dementia care specialists suggest if you have not arranged for specialized care for your senior loved one now is the time to do so.
If you choose to provide care for your parent, it is crucial that you educate yourself on the specialized support dementia care requires. Due to the stress and emotional strain always stay open-minded to professional assistance and respite care in order to remain rested, and attentive to the dedicated care your senior loved one deserves.
To learn more about dementia and in home care solutions, contact us or call (504) 300-0115 to schedule a free in-home consultation.
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