Talking with a Parent about Dementia
Watching an aging parent decline in health is never easy for a child. Talking with them about it can be even more difficult. However, doing so is important. This is especially true in the case of dementia since such a conversation can lead to a diagnosis which allows everyone to be on the same page moving forward.
In its article, Ways to Talk with a Parent About Signs of Dementia, Next Avenue tackles the necessity of talking to a parent about the possibility that he or she may be showing signs of dementia. It includes the following tips for getting that conversation started:
- Have the talk as early as possible
- Decide who is the best person to approach your parent about the subject
- Practice how the conversation will go
- Offer support and companionship
- Anticipate that your loved one may deny that there is a problem
- Understand that the conversation may not go the way you expect
No matter how well prepared you are to talk to your parent about symptoms of dementia, it is still a very difficult conversation. However, it is critical to have it so that treatment can begin. If you have questions about dementia or are looking for help caring for a loved one with dementia, Physician’s Choice Private Duty Omaha can help. Call us today at 402-331-2273.