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Signs of Problems for Aging Parents

By admin, 12:19 am on January 17, 2013

Between work, family and other life demands, keeping up with your elderly loved one’s health can be difficult.  When visiting, take note of the following signs that could indicate your parent is experiencing health problems.  By observing these symptoms early, you can help ensure your elderly loved one receives the at-home care they need to maintain their quality of life.

Mood changes:

While some changes in mood are expected with age, if your kind, socially outgoing parent suddenly becomes withdrawn and easily angered, it could be a sign of a more complex problem.  If you notice their behavior seems out of the ordinary, encourage your parent to seek professional assistance to help them overcome the issue.

Change in weight or eating habits:

If you notice your parent has experienced a drastic decline in weight, it is possible they are not eating on a regular basis.  In addition to being an unhealthy habit, dramatic weight loss can be an indicator of depression or other chronic conditions.  Similarly, gaining a significant amount of weight in a short period of time could also indicate the same conditions.  If your parent experiences problems with their weight, have them meet with their primary physician or with a Phoenix elder care professional as soon as possible.

Change in personal hygiene habits along with cleanliness:

If your well-dressed parent suddenly looks like they are no longer keeping up with personal care, they may be suffering from a more severe health problem.  If you notice that their attention to their personal care is not what it used to be, it could be a sign of depression or dementia.  If your loved one suffers from mobility problems or frailty and is unable to perform personal care, consider hiring a home caregiver in Phoenix.  Caregivers are trained to help with bathing, dressing, grooming and incontinence.

Mismanagement of finances:

Unpaid bills sitting around the house when you visit could be a sign that finances are overwhelming your parent. Losing the ability to keep up with bills is sometimes an early sign of dementia.  Ask your loved one about the situation to gauge the scope of the issue, and help them resolve the problem.

If you discover your elderly loved one may require assistance at home with their activities of daily living or with personal care, Home Care Assistance of Phoenix offers the ideal care solution.  With Home Care Assistance, seniors receive help with cooking, cleaning, housekeeping, transportation and personal care such as bathing, dressing and grooming. Our caregivers are expertly trained and always treat their clients with dignity and respect.  Caregivers provide quality care and family members enjoy peace of mind knowing a professional and reliable caregiver is watching their elderly loved one.  Maximize your loved one’s safety and comfort and call us at (602) 388-1085 and speak with a Care Manager today.