As our parents age, their mental state can deteriorate over time. Sadly, that can limit their abilities to function the way they used to. When this happens, basic tasks like buying groceries, paying bills and taking care of the house can become difficult. If that’s the case, your parent could have dementia.
What is dementia?
According to Mayo Clinic, dementia is a collection of thought, communication and memory impairments. While dementia itself is not a specific disease, several diseases can stem from dementia; Alzheimer’s is one of the most common.
How do I know my parent has dementia?
The signs are often subtle but can become more apparent and severe over time. These are some red flags you might want to take note of:
- They get lost in familiar places
- They forget how to take care of themselves
- They have a hard time remembering people they know well
- They have a difficult time communicating with others
- They find it more challenging to focus on everyday tasks
- They have a hard time using logic and judgment to make decisions
- They develop an impaired concept of time
- They ask the same questions over and over again
- They repeat the same stories over and over again
Is claiming guardianship the next step?
Most people want their parents to have a smooth transition into their last stage of life. However, those with dementia usually can’t make that transition on their own. Luckily, you can claim guardianship over your parent with dementia. Doing so can allow you to assist them with their finances, medical decisions and everyday chores.