… important signal that should not be ignored. For example, if mom begins putting her toothbrush in the freezer or, instead of simply turning the dial, you discover dad striking the thermostat, it’s time to get your loved one tested for dementia or Alzheimer’s as quickly as possible.
3. Patience. Patience. Patience.
It’s not easy to watch a parent’s behavior change. There are few things in life that prepare us for the day mom or dad shows up for breakfast with their shoes on the wrong feet. The same sweet voice that urged you to shower and brush your teeth daily may become the same voice now yelling their defiance and refusal to shower themselves.
Always try to remember, it’s only the disease talking. Resist allowing your feelings to be hurt by anything that may be said.