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Recently when visiting my parents I realized how forgettful my mother is getting. She knows that it’s happening and can laugh at herself- but it makes my heart ache. On my last trip I realized that my dad is starting too. How do you handle this? I wish I could make time stop just for them




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 24, 2009
    • I see my mom getting forgetful and repeating herself a lot but nothing that looks alarming to me. When she comments on it I tell her that her brain is full from so many years of information and it takes awhile to filter through it all.

      She also says that it’s ok to forget where she puts her keys but when she forgets what they‘re for, it’s time to worry.

      As long as nothing is alarming I’d just chalk it up to a good long life.




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      Lori Daniell wrote Oct 24, 2009
    • That’s got to be difficult at this stage of your lives, is all I can say.

      My parents were a typical grandparent’s age when I was born.  I lost them relatively early in my life  ( my Dad died on my high school graduation day when I was 17, Mom passed when I just turned 40 ).  That presented an entirely different set of circumstances for me...I was caring for young children at the time when my Mom was declining )

      Man, I dunno, that has got to be tough..Dvora and Cyn...

      Much Love, in any event :)




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 24, 2009
    • My suggestion is to watch them both carefully.  My mother has alzheimers and has had it for over 11 years.  She is now in a nursing home.  She lived in an assistant living for four years and now has been in the nursing home for 4 years.  

      Some forgetfulness is just part of life.  As you age....your brain is not as sharp as it use to be.....but then there are people who have dementia...or worse the alzheimers.  Not trying to scare you but just watch them closely.  

      And please make sure they have all of their personal, financial affairs in order...NOW...I’m not sure if you are able to bring all that up but I can’t stress to you how important it is to have those things in place.  

      Aricept is what my mother has been on since being diagnosed.  It has helped her tremendously....but I would consult with a neurologist if things seem to get worse.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 24, 2009
    • But let me add one thing....if they repeat themselves ...or tell you that story one more time.....don’t get mad....just listen to it again.....because one day...you’ll yearn to hear that story one more time....




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