What’s normal and when should I be worried?
Have you ever entered the parking lot of the mall after a full day of shopping and wondered, “where on earth have I parked my car?” Does this lapse in memory mean you should be worried about Alzheimer’s? Probably not. We are allowed a certain number of “slip ups” as we age. Also, if one’s mind at the time of parking was focused on that new bag or those new pair of shoes rather than the location of the parking space, it would explain the difficulty of locating the car later on.
Ellen Phipps is the new executive director of Aging Together, the organization recently announced.
Phipps is co-author of “Connections: Engagement in Life for Persons with Dementia, A Complete Activities Guide.”
Aging Together is a partnership of organizations and individuals who care about older adults in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock countiesand seek to serve and assist them so they can age safely and in good health.
Knowing the risks and taking precautions for senior drivers
Walter Jones had considered himself a safe driver since he was a teenager. In nearly 60 years, he had received only one parking ticket and a warning from a police officer for speeding. Since his 75th birthday, Walter’s daughter, June, began to notice signs that he may be having more difficulty while behind the wheel. She had accompanied him to a doctor’s appointment and noticed that he had difficulty turning to see when reversing and parking within the lines. June wasn’t sure how to approach the subject with her father, due to his independent and stubborn nature.