Memory Loss with Parents?
Have you found that your parents are becoming more forgetful? Or, they are showing signs of confusion? Before you can jump to the conclusion that Alzheimer’s disease has taken hold, realize that some memory loss in elderly parents is natural and normal as seniors age. There may be any number of medical explanations, such as age related diabetes; vitamin B12 deficiency; depression; or Parkinson’s disease.
The important factor here is to encourage your elderly parents to visit their doctor. Or, a newly recommended specialist in memory issues. If you are able, plan to accompany your parent(s) on the doctor visit.
Don’t hesitate to write your questions down on a piece of paper. Prior to the appointment, you can jot down observations or questions. Have you heard complaints of aches? Coughing? Loss of appetite? Increasing memory lapses, or repetitive stories?
Many times medical visits are short. The doctor’s schedule may be jammed with patients all day long, every day. But if you have a list for review, you will be able to address your concerns. How long have you noticed these changes? This helps you keep the physician abreast of changes, and helps keep you more informed.