After one parent dies adult children notice an increase in the forgetfulness of the surviving spouse

Try: #after a spouse dies the surviving spouse spouse’s grief may include stages of forgetfulness moodiness and inattention all of which may be temporary on the other hand if the spouse who died has been covering for the survivior survivior’s growing dementia adult children may see significant signs of the problem for the first time after the first parent parent’s death #additionally bereavement and changes to routine may add to dementia-related confusion #adult children should balance concern for the surviving parent parent’s safety and wellbeing with respect for his or her need for independence it would be useful to talk to a grief counselor or read about the impact of grief on spouses before jumping to action unless a life is in danger #locate useful

Materials: List of grief resources and contact numbers information on grief process from nearest hospice or hospital information on dementia respect for remaining parent parent’s need for independence

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Spiritual, Independence, No Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory

Information: On death grief and grief counseling from the closest hospice center #information about dementia can be found in many doctors offices or agencies serving seniors #if forgetfulness continues remind the parent to see a primary care doctor for an exam and to discuss the problem of forgetfulness if possible offer to go with the parent if there are no other options call the doctor doctor’s office before the visit and ask that a dementia evaluation be made at the time of the visit even if the law prevents the office from revealing results to you you should be able to let the nurse or doctor know you think there is a problem that needs to be looked at during the visit information

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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