I have a friend that I have worked with for over 20 years, she is 67 and lately I have noticed she tells me the same story over and over, or forgets that she had called me eariler. Her grown kids both live far away, one is wheelchair bound. I tried to talk to her about it, and she got really defensive,,, I was super gentle with her, but I am really worried. We have traveled together and she is kind of like my second mom, so I didn't think she would take it that way. Anyway as part of our job we are supposed to turn in money, and this is about the 7th time she thought she did, and found it somewhere else, she has even accused the bookeeper of stealing it! I want to call her daughter, but don't want to stir up any drama, should I? I know that early intervention can help memory loss, and I am worried about her driving around (outside sales) and forgetting where she is going,,,,just last week she dropped her phone and the lady called me who found it ( I am her emergency contact) anyway she never even knew she had lost it until 2 days later, when I finally got ahold of her! Help please!
Answer by dreamangel06 at 3:25 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by NannyB. at 1:08 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by IrishMomma727 at 1:11 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Her problem may not be dementia but stress instead. Her children may be the reason why she is acting the way she does. Stress can make a person very forgetful since they are always preoccupied with their issues. Instead of calling her children, I would ask her (if you are very close) if she is going through a stressful time right now. Talk to her and let her open up. Then refer her to a therapist. A professional will recommend proper treatment if necessary. I agree to approach this in another way by listening to her then refer her. GL.
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:26 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:08 PM on Apr. 20, 2011
Answer by brypmom at 1:09 PM on Apr. 20, 2011