When Bill was 79 years old he began having difficulty with his memory. His family noticed it fairly early on, but passed it off as his age. Senility is certainly an issue for some people as they get older, but his adult daughter was concerned this could be Alzheimer’s disease.
At first, Bill would begin telling stories to his family more than once in a short amount of time. Initially, this wasn’t an issue because many do this. However, it became a concern to his adult daughter because she knew this wasn’t normal behavior for him. He was usually pretty sharp and could remember what stories he told to which people.
His daughter was concerned about this.
She read about Alzheimer’s disease and one of her closest friends had just been dealing with this with her own mother. Bill’s daughter didn’t want him to suffer and wanted to make sure he would have the right care and support as early as possible.
Bill’s daughter eventually began treating him as though he was dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. She tried to discourage him from certain activities, talked about home care support services, and offered him reminders.
Before long, Bill was getting frustrated with her intervention. He was still capable of taking care of himself for the most part, and was still pretty lucid on most days. There were days when he was feeling a bit foggy, couldn’t keep track of things he was going to do, and more, but then the next day he would be okay.
As the years pressed on, things didn’t really get much worse, aside from the tension between Bill and his daughter. This tension actually began to infiltrate the rest of his family, creating problems between Bill’s other children and this one daughter.
At some point in time, when Bill was 82, he was talking with his doctor about some of these issues. He had been afraid to bring the topic up because he just didn’t want to hear that he was dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
The doctor took a look at his medical history and came to the realization that a specific medication he was taking could be the cause of these mental issues. He changed medications and Bill’s mind cleared up.
The moral of the story is that memory loss or memory related issues may not be the result of Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. It could be, but that’s why it’s so important to encourage somebody to visit their doctor and be properly diagnosed if memory loss is affecting daily life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC HomeCare Services today at 856-234-8700
Kelly C. McCabe is the co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and isalso a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.