Alzheimer’s Disease Elder Care Consultations
Alzheimer’s disease and other memory loss diagnoses are chronic diseases that require increased care over time. Family caregivers of persons with dementia may feel stressed and uncertain about responding positively to behaviors resulting from memory loss.
Pamela D Wilson offers solutions for family caregivers throughout the United States. Approximately fifty percent of older adults living past the age of 85 experience some type of memory loss; many have a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or MCI, moderate cognitive impairment.
The broad category of memory loss, often called dementia, is largely undiagnosed in the aging population. Many older adults live alone with infrequent visitors or in situations where a family caregiver may notice behavioral signs but are unaware that these signs indicate memory loss in an aging parent.
Early signs of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease include the loss of executive function, reminder notes, missed appointments, household clutter, hoarding, forgotten social engagements, and isolation. Aging parents and loved ones with memory loss often hide the impairment from caregivers by using humor or relating the forgetfulness to normal aging or being absent-minded.
Early diagnosis of memory loss is critically important to allow future planning for aging parents or individuals without children to ensure that care will be provided and wishes fulfilled. Pamela’s experience supporting individuals with memory loss by serving as financial and medical power of attorney, the personal representative of the estate, and case manager translates to her ability to educate family caregivers on these topics.
According to Pamela Wilson, “Family caregivers after receiving a diagnosis of memory loss for an aging parent or loved one look back and recognize that signs of memory loss occurred years ago. At the time the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease were noticed, caregivers didn’t associate them with memory loss but thought the signs to be normal aging.”
Short videos offering information and support about caregiving subject matter are available for family caregivers on Wilson’s YouTube Channel
Wilson consults with caregivers by telephone and virtually throughout the United States offering support for many caregiving issues. Contact Pamela to request an elder care consultation today.
Additional information about the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and how to recognize signs of memory loss are on the podcast the Signs of Dementia Checklist.