Your mother and father long had a relationship you envied. Growing up, you always remembered them sharing little kisses, writing notes to one another, and seemed to be completely in love with one another. You wanted to find that for yourself, and have been pretty convinced that you did. Lately, though, your mother has been sharing some of your father’s writings, his letters to her, because she was concerned about some things she noticed.
The letters seemed discombobulated.
There seems to be no organization to his letters. He started talking about something they did together many years ago and then continued writing about repairs he had to do on the car. It was odd behavior to witness, and though he seemed to be cogent during basic conversations, these letters were a sign that something was not quite right.
You sat down to talk to him about it.
He seemed a bit withdrawn. He didn’t really want to look at the letter you presented to him as evidence. He seemed to want to be anywhere else other than having this conversation with you.
The more you talked about it with family and friends, the more you began to realize this could be an early sign of dementia, which could include Alzheimer’s. That’s when you sat down with your mother and father to talk about being diagnosed.
Sometimes, we want to avoid this difficult conversation.
It’s easier to ignore some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s because we simply don’t want to reach that moment when a doctor hands down a formal diagnosis. Worrying that a parent or other individual you know could be dealing with the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s is difficult enough, but as long as they don’t go to a doctor to get diagnosed, you can keep pushing off that reality a little bit longer.
However, when the signs are evident, it’s time to get them to a doctor.
It could be related to prescription medications, his diet, or some other serious health issue, but it could very well be some form of dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s. During the earliest stages of the disease, people might use the wrong word when speaking, have odd behaviors, be forgetful, and could even become a bit more aggressive than they usually are.
Any time an elderly person is exhibiting some of these odd behaviors, it’s important that their support system, their family, encourage them to visit their doctor to be properly diagnosed.
If you or a family member are in need of Alzheimer’s care in Hallandale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.
She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.
Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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