Aging. It’s difficult to see—especially in those you love. Do you know the signs of normal aging . . . of Alzheimer’s and other dementia? Can your parents or loved ones care for themselves without help? What kind of help is best? Where can you go to get it? How can you tell if your loved ones need help (even when they insist they don’t)? And even more importantly, how can you talk to them about it?
Are you unsure about how to react to a parent who may be growing unable to care for themselves? The holidays are a great opportunity to spend more time with family. But it can also be a time when you notice subtle changes in an aging parent. Know the warning signs of a loved one who may need your help.
Some indicators to look for:
1. Weight loss
Has your loved one lost weight? It may mean they’re not eating well or getting proper nutrition. Check the refrigerator. Lacking healthy options and/or expired dates on food items are tip-offs to poor eating habits.
2. Poor hygiene
Is your loved one’s appearance a bit disheveled? For someone who prided themselves in a neat appearance, it could be another troubling sign.
3. Home appearance
Does your loved one’s home appear in disarray? Too much clutter can be dangerous and lead to a fall—the leading cause of injury for older adults.
Does your loved one have memory problems? Mild forgetfulness is normal, but having trouble performing simple tasks, like paying bills and keeping appointments, could signal a problem.
5. Medication management
Your loved one may need assistance with their medication. Do they lack an understanding of what medications to take and when to take them? Look for dates on prescriptions to be sure they are current.
Does your loved one seem depressed? If their usually bubbly personality is replaced by depression or anger, this might be something that deserves attention.
If you find yourself needing help with an aging loved one, you might want to consider an assisted living community. Tinta Wita Tipi in Welch, MN provides meals, health and personal services in beautiful apartment homes. Call Mary at 651-385-3535 to find out more!
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