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Watch Out For Them Before It’s Too Late: Signs of Declining Health In Seniors

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Caregivers Support, Caregiving, Lifestyle & Wellness, Wellness

Caring for ageing parents poses a significant challenge as one strives to balance their freedom and independence with the realities of declining health and well-being. If a recent visit to your parents has left you deeply concerned about their state, you may be wondering when it’s time to seek assistance. Observing their behaviours, examining their living environment, and noticing any new habits can provide valuable insights into their condition. Here are some signs indicating deteriorating health in your ageing loved ones and why it’s crucial to pay attention:

 

Changes in Personality

A noticeable shift in your ageing loved one’s personality, such as a loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed doing or sudden mood changes, can signal deteriorating health. Such alterations often stem from issues within the brain and its neurotransmitter network, potentially indicating neurological conditions like dementia. Consultation with a doctor is recommended for any observed shifts in mood and personality.

 

Forgetfulness

General forgetfulness, beyond occasional lapses, can be a warning sign. If bills pile up, essential tasks are neglected, or medications are not taken as prescribed, it warrants closer examination. Persistent forgetfulness disrupting daily life should prompt a closer look, and concerns should be discussed with a doctor.

 

Difficulty Going Up Stairs

Mobility issues, particularly difficulty going up and down the stairs, may indicate declining physical health and pose a risk of falls. If your aging loved one exhibits such difficulties, both their physical health and the potential for falls should be of concern.

 

Loss of Appetite

Changes in eating habits, including a decreased appetite or unusual poor eating habits leading to weight loss, could signal declining health. Consulting a doctor is advisable if you observe such changes in your loved one’s dietary patterns.

 

Unexplained Bruising

Discovering unexplained burns, bruises, or cuts on your parents may suggest they are falling without remembering or disclosing the incidents. Such signs should not be dismissed and warrant further investigation.

 

Inordinately Disorganized House

An excessively disorganized home, beyond normal messiness, may indicate deteriorating health. Whether caused by forgetfulness, lack of motivation, or physical limitations, the level of disorganization should raise concerns.

 

Bad Hygiene

Poor hygiene, resulting from a lack of motivation or physical challenges, is another sign of potential health deterioration. Engage in open conversations with your loved one and seek medical advice if concerns persist.

 

Not Making Sound Decisions

Unusual or unsafe behaviors, particularly decisions that deviate from their norm, might indicate cognitive decline. Vigilance is essential to ensure their safety, especially if you cannot be with them constantly.

 

More Frequent Illnesses

An increase in illnesses and disabilities may signify deteriorating health. Prompt medical attention is crucial if you notice a higher frequency of sickness, as it may indicate a need for enhanced care.

It’s imperative not to overlook the signs of deteriorating health in aging parents. While changes in behavior may be small, they could also indicate serious issues requiring immediate attention. If the responsibility becomes overwhelming, seeking professional assistance ensures your aging loved one receives the necessary care while preserving their sense of independence.

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