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Recently Widowed Mother Shows Signs of Dementia

Posted Nov 13 2012 12:00am

Dear Carol: How do you gently begin to supervise a parent’s health? Our mother is widowed now and 74-years-old. She took care of our dad who had dementia and she seemed to do okay for awhile after he died. But now she frequently forgets her medications doubles them up, which she has admitted, and she frequently mixes up names and places. My nephew lives with her and he’s had to take her to the emergency room a few times because of kitchen accidents and one bad fall. We don’t want to be hasty in taking over her health care, but we are afraid for her. She insists she doesn’t need to have a checkup for cognitive issues. -  Joanne

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