Caring for loved ones with dementia
GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s been over a year since Scott Herrick lost his dad to dementia and since his father’s death, Herrick has been on a mission to help families who also have loved ones that have been diagnosed Alzheimer’s.
Herrick runs the Triad chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and says one of the most challenging parts of dealing with the disease is deciding when to step in and take the car keys away.
Herrick had to do it as his dad’s diagnosis got worse.
“60% of people who have dementia began to wander during the early stages,” Herrick said.
If you’re thinking about intervening Herrick suggests you have a conversation with your loved one. The discussion should include someone they love.
If there’s rejection, Herrick suggest contacting an Occupational Therapist.
The therapist can make an assessment and hand over recommendations to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV can then force them to surrender their license.
” It’s not easy forcing someone to give up their independence, but you have to be consistent,” Herrick said.
For more information on how to cope with dementia, you can go to www.alz.org