Shame. Fear. Embarrassment. The feelings associated with a potential dementia diagnosis can cause older adults to keep their suspicions to themselves. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, while the reasons vary, many people are worried about losing independence and becoming a burden to others.
Although there is some validity to those worries, there are also some misconceptions fueling them. Researchers don’t believe there is one cause of Alzheimer’s. And while age does increase risk, it is not a direct cause of Alzheimer’s. In fact, just over 10% of seniors over age 65 are identified as having Alzheimer’s disease.
For this reason, it is crucial for seniors to speak with their doctors for any practical, straightforward information they want – especially if any warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are being observed, for example:
Here are a few strategies to conquer any reluctance in speaking with the physician about dementia, and how to help make the conversation as successful as you can.
The physician can review medications to see if side effects are generating a problem and schedule assessments and test to ascertain the best course of action.
Amy’s Helping Hands’ kind and friendly caregiving companions are always readily available to accompany seniors to medical appointments and procedures and to aid in making life easier and more manageable in a variety of other ways as well. Email or call us at 519.915.4370 for additional details about our trusted Windsor Ontario in-home care services.