As most people know, the number one sign of dementia for most people is significant memory loss, with the type of memory loss often being limited to short-term memory. Usually the people who notice the serious memory loss are family members who interact with the individual on a day-to-day basis.
Our practice sees many families over the months of November and December who struggle with coping during the holidays. Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton published an article about how to help manage stress and the emotional strain that can manifest itself during the holiday season, not only for the elderly, but also for the caregivers and family members of the elderly.
Read the entire article here: https://dayton.havenbehavioral.com/family-challenges-holidays/
We see a lot of dissension in our office among family members who have differing opinions about the type of long term care that mom or dad should receive and how the parent's money should be spent to pay for the care.
Not to "beat a dead horse," but many of the issues that family members fight about could have been resolved if mom and dad had made the decisions in advance by doing their estate planning and developing a long-term care plan years in advance.