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Parents... showing signs of age mentally? - April 20th 2009, 02:48 AM

They both turned fifty last year.

For the past few years they've become more forgetful and have repeated things (info, eg: "sister is at car wash") more times than necessary, my mom especially.

Lately my mom's cooking has gone downhill -- today she made peanut butter marshmallow squares... the chocolate-y part is crusty instead of meltingly smooth. That's never happened before, and the ingredients were fresh.

Is it the fact they're getting older? And either way, how can I deal with this? (Such as... how do I explain to my mom that I don't like her cooking as much as I used to?)
   
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Re: Parents... showing signs of age mentally? - April 20th 2009, 05:21 PM

It's probably just aging... If you're really concerned you could talk to them about how they seem to be more forgetful and see what their opinion is. If it gets really serious it would probably be a good idea for them to go to the doctors and see if it has to do with something more serious.

However, I don't think it's necessary for you to explain to your mom that you don't like her cooking anymore. :P If you love her than just lie and say you like it because it will probably hurt her feelings if you tell her you don't like her cooking anymore.

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Re: Parents... showing signs of age mentally? - April 20th 2009, 09:31 PM

This doesn't necessarily have to do with aging, but that could be a factor. Are your parents feeling stressed lately? I know my parents sometimes repeat things when they are stressed out. Your parents might just have other things on their minds and aren't quite remembering things properly.

There's not too much you can do for them if it is just aging. Maybe offer to help out with the baking sometime or gently remind them that they had mentioned what they said earlier. Other than that, just try and be supportive. Having a bad memory isn't all that bad.

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Re: Parents... showing signs of age mentally? - April 22nd 2009, 03:36 AM

I'll try talking to them, and see what I can do to help out a bit more.

Thank you both. =)
   
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