It can be awkward, to say the least, if you start noticing that a parent, dear friend or someone else you love is starting to struggle with their memory. What do you do when something like this happens? Writing down what you see and hear could help you assess the issue.
Getting the Big Picture
First of all, pay close attention to the changes you may be noticing regarding your loved one’s thinking, behavior or memory. Write down your observations whenever the person does something out of the ordinary, or something that worries you. Are there are other issues that could be at play, such as a health problem or a stressful situation at home or work? Write those down as well.
Talk to other friends and family members and see if they’ve noticed changes. Learn about cognitive problems and find out how to spot the signs. If you are noticing these signs, make notes.
Have a Talk
It will be important to have a conversation with a loved one who may be experiencing cognitive problems. But who should that be? Should it be you or another family member? Should it be a friend? Once everyone decides who that person should be, make sure he or she has a calm, rational discussion. It should be in a comfortable, one-on-one setting so that the person you’re worried about doesn’t feel threatened.
Whoever that person is, there are a few ways to ease into this type of conversation. Here are a few
- “You haven’t seemed like yourself lately. Are you feeling OK?”
- “I’ve noticed some changes in you and I’m getting a little worried. Have you noticed them?”
- “I saw that you did something odd the other day. Has that been happening to you lately?”
Eden Memory Care can help if a loved one is showing the signs of memory or other cognition problems. Call (281) 935-9115 or get in touch online to learn more.