The Little Signs That Your Elderly Parent Needs Help

Having aging parents is both a blessing and a curse. Naturally, you want to have your parents around for as long as possible. But it can be difficult to watch them age, and unavoidably degrade and lose some of their abilities. Besides the emotional involvement of suddenly having to care for your parents – whether you need to be a full-time care or to manage their living arrangements – , there is a much more urging matter. Indeed, elderly people may fail to notice that their health is degrading. As people age, they rapidly lose focus of their health to concentrate on everyday routines, such as their favorite TV show, the morning tea or even a sweet sugary treat before going to bed. But without any reference to health, they can become weak in front of your eyes without even noticing. It’s exactly why you need to pay attention to all the little signs that your elderly parent might show.

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#1. The TV Is Too Loud

When was the last time you’ve had a phone call with your elderly parent? If you’ve found yourself having to repeat constantly the same thing because they couldn’t hear you, it might be a sign of hearing issues. Although, before you rush to read all the latest hearing aid faq, you may want to check if this could be simply due to an old device. Seniors are, after all, not renowned for changing their tech devices as regularly as younger generations. You may want to investigate a little more, especially by checking how loud the TV generally is at your parents’ place. Old people tend not to notice that their hearing is getting worse, especially as all it takes is to turn the volume up. Additionally, there are other signs that can help you to notice the issue before it gets too late. For instance, you may find conversations difficult with your elderly parent. They may not ask you to repeat, but their answers might indicate that they didn’t hear you properly.   

 

#2. They Are Losing Weight

Appetite loss is a common issue with aging people. After all, they do need fewer calories, and consequently, it’s natural that their appetite is not the same than yours. However, there is a thin line between natural reduction of appetite and unhealthy behavior. There are many factors that can lead to eating less in seniors. They could be experiencing denture troubles, and consequently, might find it more difficult to eat. They might feel lonely and be lacking appetite as a result of their mental mood. They may even become forgetful and not notice that they haven’t eaten all day. Whatever the reasoning, you need to be very attentive to the first signs of weight loss. It is a difficult topic to discuss, but it can be helpful to first discuss the issue with a doctor, who can help you to identify the cause of their weight loss.

 

#3. They Become Very Clumsy

Everyone can have moments when they tripped on the carpet and fall. Even you. Or sometimes you accidentally drop a glass, and it breaks. So don’t get too nervous if it happens to your elderly parent too. However, if they fall a little too often, or things break too regularly, it might be a sign of something more serious than just clumsiness. The inner ear is responsible for your balance. The labyrinth of the ear contains many nerves and hairs that work together to coordinate your movement in space and against the pull of gravity. However, researchers have shown that the body starts losing nerves in the ear. This might result in a loss of balance. Eye problems such as cataract or glaucoma, which are common in old age, can also cause issues in moving in a room or seizing objects.  

 

#4. They Don’t Remember Where They’ve Put The Keys

Okay, the big worry about old age is Alzheimer’s disease or another case of dementia. There’s no denying that these diseases exist and are strongly related to memory loss. However, forgetfulness is not always a case of Alzheimer’s. Lack of attention or mild age-related memory loss is natural, and it isn’t anything that you should worry about. Serious memory loss, such as not being able to stick to the same routine activities or to form reasonable arguments, can be an indication of a deep loss of mental ability. Do pay close attention to your parent’s behavior, if you begin to suspect that they may be suffering from memory loss. Dementia doesn’t need to show its worst side for you to notice it. It can be little signs, such as mentioning a talk with someone who is already dead, or a sudden change of routine. If it is identified early enough, memory loss related diseases can be managed easily and successfully for a very long time.

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Managing Your Health As You Enter Your Golden Years

There’s a lot to look forward to when we’re in our twilight years. Having retired from work, we get to finally enjoy the fruits of our labor, spend more time with your children and grandparents, and have time to dedicate to the other interests in our lives. However, we also need to pick an eye on our health. We’re no longer spring chickens, and our health needs better management now that we’re at an age when health conditions can become more serious.

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Listening to Our Body

Our body will show signs of natural wear and tear as we age. This happens to everybody, and while you can prolong it by doing things like yoga and other non-impact exercises, there’ll come a time when you’re no longer able to do all the things you used to do. To avoid injuries and serious medical complications, it’s important that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you’re still playing a weekly game of squash, for example, and your body isn’t coping well, then it’s time to put the racket away and find a new activity.

Regular Check Ups

Even if you feel in great condition, there can be a lot happening below the surface, things you couldn’t possibly be aware of unless you were told by a medical expert. Once you reach beyond the age of 65, it’s really important that you’re getting regular check-ups from a professional. As well as detecting any problems that need to be taken care of, your doctor will also be able to advise any lifestyle changes that will improve the length and quality of your life.

Retiring in Comfort

It can be hard to keep up with all the maintenance that is required in a family home, and if you’re still living there, you might find that the house is falling into disrepair just because you’re unable to address the issues. If you’re looking for a more stress-free and social life, you might want to consider moving into an area designed for senior citizens, like the senior living community Riddle Village. This will enable you to enjoy all the comforts of retirement while also maintaining your independence and meeting similar people, too.

Staying Active

Wherever you live, it’s crucial that you stay physically active for as long as people. By this, we don’t mean doing anything too intensive, but there are plenty of activities that are suitable for older people. Do these regularly, and you’ll receive plenty of benefits, including improved energy, a healthy heart, great flexibility and mobility, and more. Exercise also boosts our mood, which can help keep depression and other issues at bay.

Mentally Sharp

As well as staying physically sharp, you also need to do things to keep your mental sharpness intact, too. Things like reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles and the like each day can help keep your brain “young”, according to the experts. Even as you enter your golden years, you’ll be as sharp as a tack!

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