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Common Signs of Health Issues with an Aging Parent

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Most family caregivers have a difficult role. They have to find a way to balance their life with caring for a senior. While this can be difficult, it is also important for them to stay updated on the Caregiver-Hartville-OHsenior’s conditions and any odd or unusual behavior they may be exhibiting. Some of the most common signs that an aging person may be developing a health issue are discussed below.

No longer able to care for themselves

One of the first things a family caregiver should evaluate each day is appearance. If seniors are unable to maintain a daily routine – including brushing their teeth and bathing – it may be an indication of physical impairments, depression, or even dementia. It is also important to pay attention to the senior’s home. Do the lights work? Is the heat on? Has the yard become overgrown? Any changes in the way as senior is doing things are clues to their health and well-being.

Signs of memory loss

Regardless of age, everyone forgets things from time to time. Modest memory issues are an extremely common part of aging and in some cases are the result of side effects from medication. However, there is a distinct difference in normal memory changes and the type of memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease, for example. Take some time to evaluate the senor’s patterns of forgetfulness and if the issue is becoming worse, then medical attention may be necessary.

Is the senior safe in their home?

Look around the senior’s home to notice any red flags. For example, is the stairway narrow or cluttered? Has the senior fallen recently? Can they easily read the directions for cooking and other tasks? Do they say they don’t feel safe? Each of these questions can help a family caregiver evaluate a their health and overall happiness.

Are they safe on the road?

Many seniors lose the ability to safely drive as they get older. This is usually due to a decline in eyesight and response time. It is essential for the family caregiver to take note of the signs that it may be time to take the keys. While this can be a difficult decision, it is crucial to keep everyone safe on the road.

Take the time to evaluate safety regularly. This is the only way the family caregiver will be able to ensure their safety and well-being. The fact is that there are a number of signs, such as the ones highlighted here, that could indicate a bigger health issue. Being aware of these issues is essential.

If the family caregivers are unsure or have concerns, they should seek the advice of the doctor. It is important that these signs are not ignored, since they could result in even more issues down the road.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional caregivers in Hartville, OH, call the caring staff at Rather Be Home Senior Care at (330) 915-4575 today!


Deidre Scott, Founder

Owner, Founder at Rather Be Home Senior Care
Deidre Scott is the founder of Rather Be Home and has always found her passion in the health and well-being of others. Shortly after receiving her bachelor's degree she worked for Bristol Myers-Squibb as a cardiovascular representative. Her specialties included blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. She then worked 15 years with Procter & Gamble where she educated Veterinarians on how nutrition could help nutritionally manage various disease states such as kidney failure, colitis and diabetes in cats and dogs. During that time she pursued her education further and received her MBA.

She founded Rather Be Home in 2014 after seeing the tribulations her friends were having with their aging parents. Hard decisions need to be made and no one knows where to go for help. Having lived with her grandparents most of her childhood and helping her grandma care for her grandpa it just seemed natural to open a home care business. Deidre is also a certified instructor for CPR/First Aid & AED through the American Red Cross and a State Tested Nurse Aide registered through the Ohio Department of Health. Currently she is undergoing classes to become a Certified Senior Advisor. She sets rigorous standards for her company as well as the caregivers she employs.