Don’t wait for a crisis to find out whether the older adults in your life are safe, happy, and healthy at home. Instead, watch for signs that could indicate your loved ones are not doing as well as they want you to believe:
- Does your loved one walk unsteadily or have unexplained bruises? One-third of older adults fall each year, often starting a downward spiral of hospital stays.
- Is your loved one tentative in the way he or she walks or stands? Those who fear falling often restrict their activities, thus making them even weaker and more insecure — and more likely to fall.
- Does your loved one look thinner than normal? Many older adults have poor nutrition because they don’t want to plan or fix meals — and because they may not have enough food in the house.
- Does your loved one seem quiet or depressed? Feeling sad, regretful, or fearful is not normal, even for older adults. Isolation and changes in physical health can lead to depression, from which 25% of older adults suffer.Is your loved one no longer driving? When mobility and driving are restricted, older adults will feel more isolated and will tend to neglect grocery shopping, doctor’s visits, trips to the pharmacy, and more
According to Columbus Home Care Assistance, there are other signs that point out areas in your loved one’s life that aren’t working as well as they used to be.
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