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Holidays Excellent time for Checking Parents' Health

Carol Bradley Bursack Health Guide December 04, 2012
  • Traditionally, during this season of holidays, families gather together to celebrate. Often, for adult children, the setting of the celebration is their childhood home where their parent or parents still live. For some families, this is the only time that adult siblings are together in the company of...

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  • NC
    NC
    Dec. 05, 2012

    Carol, this is an important post. Children need to be aware of this.

    Sometimes I wonder if friends could do the same but I guess friends don't have the same right to intrude. A neighbor of mine actually is showing some signs of dementia but no one would tell her in her face. Once in the party this week, the neighbors were joking to her that she didn't...

    RHMLucky777

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    Carol, this is an important post. Children need to be aware of this.

    Sometimes I wonder if friends could do the same but I guess friends don't have the same right to intrude. A neighbor of mine actually is showing some signs of dementia but no one would tell her in her face. Once in the party this week, the neighbors were joking to her that she didn't remember the janitor's wife and where she lived in the same building! So the building manager said she was his girlfriend and that sort of thing. The other guy was nice saying the apt was near the elevator.... I think everyone was aware that she has a problem. She was supposed to know because she was part of the board some years ago.  I chatted with her about my late MIL who played bridge some time ago and she thought I did play bridge but denied it? It is obvious... Well, I guess it is up to her sister and family to tell her this. It is sad that one can lose the memory just like that. So sad.

     

    Regards,

    NC

    • Carol Bradley Bursack
      Health Guide
      Dec. 06, 2012

      You're in a difficult place with this, Nina. As friends, we don't want to cross boundaries, but it does sound as though the woman's relatives should be the ones to intervene. Perhaps if nothing is done for her you could contact a realtive and express your concern? It's tough to know what to do.

      Thanks, as always, for your valuable contributions to this site....

      RHMLucky777

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      You're in a difficult place with this, Nina. As friends, we don't want to cross boundaries, but it does sound as though the woman's relatives should be the ones to intervene. Perhaps if nothing is done for her you could contact a realtive and express your concern? It's tough to know what to do.

      Thanks, as always, for your valuable contributions to this site.

      Blessings,

      Carol

  • Ted Ryan
    Dec. 05, 2012

    Thank you for a great outline to a productive and enjoyable holiday. I recently started working at a private duty home care agency which has made me much more aware of the changes that occur with aging. All of my grandparents are still living but I know they are slowing down. You're summary of the Alzheimer's Association list is great, but you also do...

    RHMLucky777

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    Thank you for a great outline to a productive and enjoyable holiday. I recently started working at a private duty home care agency which has made me much more aware of the changes that occur with aging. All of my grandparents are still living but I know they are slowing down. You're summary of the Alzheimer's Association list is great, but you also do a wonderful job of reminding us of the importance of charishing these gatherings while we can. In several weeks, my parents and I will make our semi-annual trip to Iowa to visit family. As my grandmother is in early stages of Alzheimer's and my grandfather is also showing signs of slippage, I plan to share this article with my father and hope that he passes it along to his siblings as well. Thank you!

    • Carol Bradley Bursack
      Health Guide
      Dec. 05, 2012

      Thanks for your kind words, Ted. It's tough to watch the people we love decline in health, but we can't lose sight of things so much that we forget to enjoy what we do have.

      Blessings,

      Carol