Does your parent have memory loss? How to plan for the future…

According to the CDC, one in eight Americans over the age of 60 experience some type of memory loss. If you have noticed that your parents or loved ones have experienced challenges with remembering details, problem-solving, or completing daily tasks, then it may be time for them to see a doctor for an official diagnosis. Whether they are suffering with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or a more mild memory loss, here are a few simple steps that can help you and your loved one prepare for the future:

1. Make a plan together. Listen to your parents about their expectations for their future care. Knowing their wishes can avoid disagreements or confusion within the family later on.

2. Be open to asking for help. Talk openly to friends, family, and members of your community about you and your loved one’s needs. A support system is invaluable in dealing with both the emotional and physical tolls that memory loss can take.

3. Educate yourself on caregiving. Your parents may be hesitant about moving directly into a Memory Care community. If you decide to take on a caregiver role, take the time to look for educational classes or join a caregiver support group.

4. Explore Memory Care options. Acting as a caregiver may not be a long-term solution when caring for someone with memory loss. Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients may be better served by professionals in a dedicated memory care environment. Visit local care communities to explore the options.

5. Care for Yourself. Taking on all the responsibility of helping a parent or loved one affected by memory loss can be exhausting. Stress and guilt are common emotions for people who go through this experience. Know your limits and give yourself the credit you deserve.

Twin Creeks is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community opening in Riverview. We invite you to learn more about our personalized Memory Care programs and our thoughtfully designed community online or call us at 813-358-8998.