BLOOMFIELD, N.J., Nov. 8 As the holidays approach andfamilies gather, many will face the situation of an aging parent or relative.Along with the joys of the family reunion will come the realization, andquestions, as to how mom or dad are coping and can they continue to live aloneand care for themselves.
"It is a very difficult discussion for adult children and parents tohave," says Dr. Lynne Katzmann, president of Juniper Communities that owns andoperates the Juniper Village assisted living and memory care communities,"especially since you want to have it while the elderly are still in thebeginning stages of a disease such as Alzheimer's, while they still have somecapacity to participate in the legal and financial aspects of their futurecare."
Most importantly, be an active listener. Ask open-ended questions, notjust yes/no answers, about how they are doing, who their friends are, whatsocial activities they have attended lately, what they do for enjoyment. Makea mental note about their state of mind so that in the future, you have aframe of reference to look back on should you think a problem is arising.
For a checklist to determine if your relative can remain at home or shouldconsider additional assistance email [email protected]
orcall toll free 866-817-7707 for this checklist plus the ten warning signs ofAlzheimer's disease. Additional information is available atwww.junipercommunities.com.Signs that your parent or elderly relative may need assistance include: -- Mail: Is there unopened mail, unpaid bills, late or cutoff notices left unattended? -- Refrigerator: What does it look like inside? Is there food? Are the expiration dates current on items? -- Personal appearance: How is your loved one's physical appearance? How is their weight? Are their clothes clean? Is their hair washed and kept? -- Medication: Ask your loved one to take you through their medication for the day. What is each pill for, how often do they take it? Check the bottles and refill information to ensure that the medications are current.
SOURCE Juniper Communities