Lots of people who are facing normal memory issues and cognitive changes get very worried that what they’re actually experiencing is the beginning of dementia. If your senior has expressed that fear to you, there may be some things you can do to gather some data to take to her doctor.
Start Keeping Track of What’s Happening
The first step if your elderly family member is concerned about recent memory issues is to encourage her to write down what she’s experiencing. What are you noticing? Are there any details that make you feel as if she’s having a bigger problem than just regular memory glitches? Both of you need to write down as much as you can and keep track of those details for at least a few days. You can start to see patterns in what’s being captured, but this also gives you detailed information to take to her doctor.
What Else Might Be a Factor?
There’s a lot that goes into memory troubles. If the situation is something big, like dementia, these details might make some days worse than others. For instance, if your elderly family member isn’t sleeping well, does she have more trouble with her memory? What types of food is she eating on a regular basis? Is she drinking plenty of water? All of this can have a much bigger effect on her ability to manage her memory and to think than she realizes.
Are Other Family Members Noticing Things?
If other family members are taking you aside and mentioning that they’re noticing something seems a little off, talk to them about those experiences. What exactly are they noticing? The more details they can give you, the better. You’ll be able to add that to what you and your senior are already collecting.
Bring it All to Her Doctor
The next step is to talk to your senior’s doctor about what’s going on. There are some tests that her doctor can run to take a look at her overall health as well as her brain health. From there, you might be able to address other situations you might not have considered, like how certain medications are affecting your senior. Once you know for sure what you’re dealing with you can make a more detailed plan.
Just because your senior is worried that doesn’t mean that this is the worst-case scenario. If she feels uncomfortable being alone, it might be time to bring in elderly care providers. Elderly care providers can help her to feel more secure and may help you to see anything else you’ve been missing.
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Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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