Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia Concerns?

alzheimer's disease, dementia, aging, senior citizen, short-term memory loss, declining memory, declining attention span, power of attorney, community care access centre, ccac, alzheimer's societyA worried son wrote into Dear Ellie with a question about his senior citizen mother: 

I have Power of Attorney for a neighbour, 88, recently diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease.

Since her diagnosis, and with the help of a Community Care Access Centre (which coordinates services for seniors, people with disabilities etc.) and the Alzheimer’s Society, we’ve initiated the Meals on Wheels program and a Personal Services Worker who visits for one hour once/week (social visit).

It was at an Alzheimer’s Society workshop where I learned what I needed to do:

  1. Make an appointment with family doctor; insist on scheduling a memory test to determine a diagnosis.
  2.  Request a referral to a geriatrician
  3. Educate oneself, the Alzheimer’s Society provides consultation.
  4. There are many in-home services in place. Moving in with her may not be necessary.
  5. Long Term Care, retirement/nursing care living arrangements may be an option.

It’s not just senior citizens and older adults (50+) that can suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or similar symptoms. To find out more, check out these

Additional resources in Canada:

Alzheimer Society of Canada

For your local Alzheimer’s Society information & locations, go to  Senior City’s Local Resources section and select your local region.

Community Care Access Centres (Ontario)

For your local Community Care Access Centre information & locations, go to  Senior City’s Local Resources section and select your local region.

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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