Memory lapses are normal at any age. We all occasionally forget where we left our keys, or why we entered a room. But if you’ve been noticing increasing memory lapses in your elderly parents, you might be wondering if one or even both of your parents have Alzheimer’s disease.
How can you know if your parents have Alzheimer’s disease? Only a qualified physician can make a definitive diagnosis. But this checklist can help you know what questions to ask yourself:
- Do they ask repetitive questions or tell repetitive stories, sometimes just minutes after the first time?
- Do they have memory lapses that seem to be getting worse, or more frequent?
- Do they have trouble finding the right words while speaking, or difficulty following conversations?
- Do they become easily disoriented, even in places that are familiar?
- Do they frequently misplace items, or struggle to remember whether they completed routine tasks?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, your parents may have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. If a medical doctor confirms the diagnosis, then it is time to start planning for their care. While dementia symptoms will likely develop slowly and progress over time, eventually they will become severe enough to impact daily life.
A senior housing community such as Bayside Park offers personalized memory care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. To ensure the safety and security of our residents, we have designated areas specially designed for those living with memory loss. What’s more, we are equally attuned to our residents’ emotional and spiritual needs, with an activity calendar that brims with engaging, enriching classes and events.
If you would like to start exploring memory care options, please contact us for more information.
About the Author
Paula Hertel is the Executive Operations Officer at Bayside Park. For more than 20 years, Paula has helped improve services for older adults in need of care throughout California and the country—with a focus on new program development, regulatory compliance, and family and community needs. Her personal experience supporting her parents through their journey with chronic and terminal illnesses acts as a guide to her work.