If you’re worried about your loved one’s forgetfulness,
feel it’s getting worse or that the memory problems
are starting to interfere with everyday life, it’s time to
talk to a health care professional.
Why is “getting checked” important? Because there are
benefits to identifying and addressing memory loss,
• To find out what may be causing the problems – there
are reasons for memory loss and confusion that are
treatable. Some conditions that cause dementia, such
as normal pressure hydrocephalus, thyroid problems
or a vitamin deficiency, are treatable or reversible.
Even if it turns out to be a type of dementia, it’s
best to get a diagnosis and help early in the disease
• A health care professional can provide better clinical
care for all your medical conditions with a diagnosis,
when they understand what is happening.
• You, your loved one and other family members can
more easily plan for the future when you know what
you are dealing with. A diagnosis makes taking the
next steps a bit easier.
* Obtain a medical assessment to find out what
may be causing the problems.
* Complete health care planning documents.
Your loved one should have:
– A Health Care Directive (also called a “living
will” or “advance directive” regarding treatment
– A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care,
appointing a health care “agent.”
* Complete a General Durable Power of
Attorney document. In this document, your
loved one appoints an “agent” to assist with
financial and related matters.
* Complete an estate plan. Your loved one’s
estate plan may include legal documents such
as a will or a trust that direct the disposition of
their estate upon death.
* Have a family meeting to discuss what’s
happening, and necessary next steps.
Details from Washington state DSHS Demential Roadmap https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/ALTSA/stakeholders/documents/AD/Dementia%20Road%20Map%20-%20A%20Guide%20for%20Family%20and%20Care%20Partners.pdf