Is Your Senior Losing Their Independence?

Remember that safety and quality of life are the two main principles to consider when helping your loved one. No one wants to lose his or her independence! However, there are times when outside help is not only necessary but also essential in stabilizing one’s life.  

The lists below are general guidelines of what to look for in your aging senior. Remember that every person is different, with their own set of characteristics and abilities.  If you notice regression in other areas of your loved-one’s life, take these behaviors as potential warning signs as well.

This is the list that requires immediate attention:

  • Increasing falls
  • Not taking medication consistently
  • Wandering outside at night
  • Increased confusion or increasing memory loss
  • Driving with memory loss
  • Not paying taxes or bills

Warning signs to attend to or watch out for:

  • Food supply is very low or expired, noticeable weight loss or mold in the refrigerator 
  • House has an increased amount of clutter
  • Lack of focus with familiar tasks
  • Stops opening mail
  • Wearing the same clothing consistently 
  • Late with payments and appointments 
  • Bruising or unexplained trauma
  • Increased damage to vehicle 
  • Loss of balance, coordination or dexterity 
  • Deteriorated sense of self-cleanliness 

Important: the more you can assist in problem solving at any stage can prevent hospitalization, provide peace of mind and reduce anxiety for all parties concerned. The goal is to add to the quality of life for older adults (and family members).

Published on August 4, 2016.