Empty nesters are getting fewer and farther in between as Baby Boomers are coming into their twilight years. With that certain change and the fact that more individuals are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia, today’s parents are not having an empty nest for long for their parents are moving in with them so as to keep them safe and sound.
This may or may not have helped the woman from Naperville that went missing while talking her two dogs for a walk. Thankfully she was found, but the entire situation could have really been iffy for her, her dogs and her entire family.
The woman’s name is Laurie A. Jost. She was reported missing at 4:12 a.m. on Thursday, July 30th from her home in the 700 block of Violet Circle.
Jost, a 62-year-old woman was last seen around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29th. It was determined that she left her home wearing a blue shirt, dark pants and gym shoes. She was not in possession of any identification, money or cell phone, so there was no way to get in touch with her. Her two dogs, a black and brown Chihuahua and a black, brown and white Beagle mix were also assumed to be with her since they were not in the home when the family checked.
This is so frightening for family members. They need to be aware of the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s so that they can diminish the chances of harm coming to their parents. The Alzheimer’s Association pointedly has posted the signs and symptoms on their website:
1.Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2.Challenge in planning or solving problems.
3.Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
4.Confusion with time or place.
5.Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6.New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7.Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8.Decreased or poor judgement.
9.Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10.Changes in mood and personality.
Just so no one else has to go through the hours of anticipation that Laurie Jost’s family just recently experienced, everyone should take note of the signs and symptoms laid out here thanks to The Alzheimer’s Association.
The Jost family will have to rethink leaving Laurie alone. She could be a danger to herself and her pets, but thankfully she is home, safe and sound. She will, however, have to be parented more by her family than she has had to be in the past to avoid the scare that could very well repeat itself if not.