Tuesday, February 26, 2008

caregiving: memory loss IS NOT a normal part of aging???

Memory loss is not a normal part of aging?” Seeing that title in my email this morning triggered high anxiety while I tried to ‘remember’ where I just put my reading glasses when making coffee. 


Reunited with my ‘wandering’ reading glasses, I read on.


Memory loss hurts family more than thought

(United Press International)


“Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is more disruptive to day-to-day living and relationships than once believed,  U.S. gerontology researchers discovered. …


(Karen Roberto, director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech) said family members reported distress at having to take on the other person's responsibilities or at the changes in the marriage or parent-child relationship.”


Caregivers Need Help Coping with Loved One's Mild Memory Loss

(Caregiver’s Home Companion)


“The care partner experiences a loss of independence and a loss of time for personal interests,” said co-researcher Dr. Rosemary Blieszner, associate director of the gerontology center. “The definition of MCI has been that it does not significantly affect daily life -- but sometimes that is not true.”


Families need help coping with mild cognitive impairment

(South Florida Sun Sentinel)


“The researchers also asked the families the type of information they would like to have. In response, the Center for Gerontology published a brochure for families, "Mild Cognitive Impairment – What do we do now?" 



The brochure contains information on how to recognize symptoms … when to seek a professional diagnosis … strategies for compensating for memory loss … advice to the care partner on how to care for oneself … how to prepare for the future.”


I suspect “memory loss” lurks among those monsters under the bed of every aging adult. Caregiving and living with Patti’s Multiple Sclerosis, we never saw it coming.


The family member who begins to demonstrate symptoms of memory loss is the least conscious and maybe the least willing to embrace professional discussion.


That step into caregiving through the thunderhead of surrendering personal independence challenges and reconstructs any family.


Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer




  1. gosh, this came at a very appropriate time, Patrick. my spouse/his brother and their dad are dealing with his mom's failing health, one of which is memory impairment. she knows her memory is going, but has crossed that fine line where she needs a lot of help/cues about things and is not willing to admit the need for such help and looks at it as a conspiracy to remove her from the house when they were discussing having home nursing come in to help with meds/etc.

    I'm going to pass these links on to the spouse/family

    thanks for posting them

    hope you and Patti are well


  2. Great timing... Suddenly, just last week Dad has forgotten the few conversations we had about me taking him to the doc last week. If we had just talked about once? OK, but there had been at least three.

    Have a good one...

  3. ((((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))))))I hope you have a good night.

  4. have a good thursday:) i call my memory loss as oldhimers diease lol



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