I would venture to say that we should look for any opportunities before Thanksgiving if we can i.e. whenever you visit an elderly loved one, look for the signs. They are there even though they may seem to be insignificant at the time. Yes, everyone forgets from time to time but things like non-payment of bills or not being able to find important documents (not to mention not bathing or looking after personal hygiene) are key to helping us identify potential problems earlier rather than later.
There were signs there for us but we ignored them, brushing them off as ‘old age’. It wasn’t. It was Alzheimer’s. Be aware! Something to definitely bear in mind and really good advice to be found here.
Visiting loved ones over the holidays offers a great opportunity to spot any red flags that may have popped up since the last time you saw them.
This is especially important because, according to recently-conducted research, 70 percent of family conversations about aging issues don’t occur until they are prompted by a health crisis or other emergency – when people tend to make rash decisions. This could lead to less-than-optimum results for your senior loved one and heightened family tension all around.
Our Action Plan for Successful Aging is like a guidebook for some of the look-and-see signs that your senior might be having a problem, or that changes to their lifestyle might be necessary.
Here are some things it covers:
Living Choices: 90% of seniors surveyed say they want to remain at home, but health issues can often make it hard for seniors to handle…
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