Have you noticed a change in a loved one’s health? Do they need help more often? Are they forgetting to do everyday tasks such as checking the mail, showering, or stocking their refrigerator?
If you are concerned you should seek support sooner than later.
If your loved one is forgetting things that they normally would not, it’s time for a trip to the doctor. A thorough medical evaluation will help pinpoint a diagnosis. Getting an early diagnosis of a disease can have its benefits
Early treatment can be effective
Learning about an illness can help you be better prepared.
Talk with your loved one about their finances. Consider meeting with an elder law specialist along with your loved one. M
eeting with someone who knows the laws regarding elder care and aging adults is beneficial for you and your loved one.
Don’t try to do everything alone. If there are other family members invite them to come together to discuss your loved one’s care. It is good to let everyone discuss their concerns and offer what help they can.
If there are no other family members or if no one is willing to help, support services can assist you. Knowing about these services early on will help ease the anxiety you may be feeling.
Northern Arizona Resources:
Area Agency on Aging – NACOG Flagstaff (928) 213-5215
Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority Flagstaff (928) 774-7128
Arizona Caregiver Coalition http://www.azcaregiver.org 1-888-737-7494
American Red Cross – Family Caregiver Training Program 1-800-733-2767
Joe C. Montoya Senior and Community Center Flagstaff (928) 774-1068