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Ten Signs That Your Aging Parents May Need Help


  • No longer arranging or scheduling necessary household repairs and maintenance; Lawn not mowed/shoveled, trash not taken out, and mail not picked up.
  • Safe driving becomes an issue; easily lost in familiar areas, signs of deteriorating vision, increase in violations and accidents, etc .
  • Weight loss from no longer preparing meals, eating at regular times, or missing meals completely; Poor selection of food is often on hand or old outdated food left in refrigerator.
  • Declining personal hygiene as indicated by unkempt hair, dirty or lengthy nails, poor oral hygiene, body or urine odor, unshaven, and wearing soiled clothes over and over.
  • Not keeping up with housekeeping chores like laundry or cleaning or simply complains that it is too difficult or tiring to continue doing them.
  • Losing track of medications taken, missed doses, mistakes like overdosing or interactions resulting in health concerns if not hospitalizations.
  • Reluctance to leave the house, run usual shopping errands, visit friends and family, sleeping long periods, and uninterested in usual hobbies or activities.
  • Difficulty getting up and down stairs and in and out of home is becoming difficult; Walking unsteady on level ground, complaining of dizziness, and falling down. Look for bruising on arms and legs.
  • Not making sound decisions that are likely to cause self harm or danger to others such as leaving the stove turned on or cigarettes burning and not recognizing an emergency or knowing the appropriate response.
  • Not paying household bills on time or at all; Bills and important documents are not put away in appropriate places and left lying around.


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