Caring for a parent diagnosed with dementia

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 8:00 AM

When an older adult is diagnosed with dementia, their care often falls to one of their children. Registered nurse Kathy Stewart, author of "Mom's Losing Her Memory, I'm Losing My Mind," has advice for how to navigate a aging parent's care.

Stewart says the first to do after a diagnosis is make sure that they are safe, then explore their financial situation.

Finally, all siblings need to be on the same page. Anyone with a parent with dementia needs to educate themself.

Adult children have their own lives that are already taxing. They may worried about their children, mortgage, jobs. Caring for a parent just adds to those existing responsibilities.

If you are caring for your aging parent, you need to take care of yourself. Often the care is mentally and physically exhausting.

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