Warning Signs Your Loved One Needs More Help
Children and seniors can age in the blink of an eye, especially if you don’t get to see them very often.
Here are some signs to look for and how you might help.
- Are there obvious changes in their weight, skin tone, eye sight, grooming or personality?
- Change in mobility– is it harder to get out of the chair or do they wince in pain when the get up or sit down.
- Medications–Are there too many or outdated medications? Do they have a system to monitor when to take medications – a daily pill box or reminder?
- Have they stopped participating in activities they used to enjoy? Is it too hard to see to do the crossword, puzzles or knit? Do they avoid the Senior Center because it is too hard to hear and pay attention with so many people around?
Signs around the house:
- Dents in the car
- A stack of unopened mail or unpaid bills
- Spoiled food or little food in the fridge
- The house isn’t clean
What to do?
- Double check with other family, friends and neighbors to see if they share the same observations.
- Perhaps share your contact information with neighbors and your parent’s friends in case they notice anything or in case of an emergency.
Start to investigate what options are available BEFORE A CRISIS OCCURS!
Before you talk with your parent(s) have specific examples of changes that concern you and include strategies that may help them remain independent.
If your relationship with your parent(s) is a difficult one, it may help to have their doctor, or a case manager help the conversation.
Understand that this is a process and things don’t get resolved in one meeting or conversation.
- Local town social worker or Senior Center
- Your local Area Agency on Aging
- Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs https://www.caregiver.va.gov/
- Better Health While Aging https://betterhealthwhileaging.net