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Take My Father...Please!

How To Survive
Caring For Aging Parents

by Jacqueline Marcell
Eldercare / Alzheimer's Speaker, Author, Radio Host, Caregiver Advocate

How Do I Handle My Elderly Loved One Who:

Is experiencing increasing levels of memory loss?
Wants all my time and attention?
Is a danger on the road but refuses to give up driving?
Refuses to allow any caregiving help in the home?
Can no longer take proper care of their finances?
Needs to see a psychiatrist, but refuses to go?

Can no longer take proper care of their finances?

Convincing your parent that they need help with their finances can be very difficult, so plant the idea sooner than later. One solution is to get your loved one a "companion" credit card, with a low credit limit, added to your own account. This way, you will get the bill and they don't have to carry around cash that may get lost or stolen.

The most critical issue is to obtain a Durable Power of Attorney (one for health and one for financial), prior to the diagnosis of any type of dementia. These documents will give you the authority to act on the behalf of your loved one if they become incapacitated. To get these documents, contact… More on page 289 of Elder Rage.

Needs to see a dementia specialist or a psychiatrist, but refuses to go?

Modern medicine has made tremendous advancements in treating mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Drug therapy could make a significant difference in how your loved one feels. A psychologist cannot prescribe medication, so be sure to find a geriatric psychiatrist, an elder care specialist, as they will be experienced at diagnosing elderly behavioral symptoms.

If your parent is suffering from depression, have your family physician talk with your parent about how these feelings are nothing to be ashamed of and how unnecessary it is to suffer nowadays. The doctor should make light of seeing the specialist and assure your loved one that they are not going crazy or losing their mind. Ask the doctor to write a formal "prescription" and suggest that… More on page 291 of Elder Rage.

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