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How to Talk About Memory Loss With a Loved One


Learn a few ways to bring up this sensitive topic to a family member or close friend.

It is our goal at Wartburg to ensure everyone in our community is receiving the Alzheimer’s and memory care they need. Should you suspect that a loved one or close friend has memory loss or signs of Alzheimer’s, we ask that you follow these suggestions to talk about your concerns with them and to let them know that you are there to help.

Use Specific Examples

When talking with your loved one about the memory loss issues they are experiencing, it is often a good idea to bring up specific examples of their memory loss. They may not be willing to admit that they are having cognitive issues, however, providing them with concrete examples of them experiencing memory loss can aide in them accepting that there may be a problem. It is always suggested to not provide these examples in an antagonistic manner, but in a way that simply points out their recent behavior.

Let Them Know It’s OK

It is important to let your loved one know they’ve done nothing wrong. In fact, they are in a large group when it comes to experiencing memory loss of some kind. The most recent data from the Alzheimer’s Association site states that 5 million Americans suffer from some form of Alzheimer’s and that the number is projected to grow to 14 million by the year 2050. When you provide them with statistics and let them know they are not alone in this fight, it can help ease some of their concerns.

Have a Plan

When it comes to combating or living with memory loss, it is important to have a plan. That is where loved ones and friends can come in. Those closest to the person who has Alzheimer’s can help assist them by setting up an appointment with a doctor to determine what their memory issues may be.

If the cause of the memory loss isn’t Alzheimer’s or another dementia issue, it can be a treatable condition. If it is dementia, however, there are several benefits to getting an early diagnosis that may address some symptoms for a time.

If you or a loved one needs Alzheimer’s or dementia care in the Mount Vernon, NY area, we ask that you reach out to our team at your earliest convenience. At Wartburg, we provide the very best memory care in our assisted living facilities and can also provide home health aide for those who wish to stay in the comfort of their own home; our senior day care team looks forward to assisting you or a loved one soon.

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