There are so many signs of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of memory loss. After working in this business for nearly ten years, I can spot many of the signs within minutes of meeting an individual. Sometimes families seem more concerned with the “diagnosis” than what is really going on with the individual. By diagnosis, the family wants to give the medical condition a name. It is dementia? It is Alzheimer’s? I find that this concern is personal for family members who see an aging parent and then see themselves as the aging parent. They wonder if they too will be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s. To me, regardless of the specific diagnosis, the individual deserves to be treated with dignity and as a person. I meet so many caregivers that treat their family members like children. Most clients I know want to be treated like an equal or like a friend. Laugh with them, treat them like a friend, don’t treat them as a diagnosis.
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