Posted: 12/28/2012 9:54 AM by
Interim HealthCare


Twenty-nine percent of adults in the U.S. are caring for an aging parent or relative. As family caregiving becomes more common, adult children need to know the warning signs of problems with their own senior-aged parents.


Caring for Themselves

Are your older parents still able to care for themselves? If you notice that their attention to their personal care and/or home is not what it used to be, it could be a sign of depression, dementia or other health concerns.


Experiencing Memory Loss

Forgetting things occasionally is a normal part of life. However, if you notice memory changes that involve forgetting common words or getting lost in familiar neighborhoods, schedule a visit with their health care provider to evaluate your parent.


Staying Safe at Home

Do you have concerns about your aging parents getting around their own home? Have they fallen recently or are they having problems reading medication directions? If so, it may be time to talk to your parents about some outside help, such as Interim HealthCare’s In-Home Care Services.


Losing Weight

Have you noticed your parent’s have lost weight? They could be having problems cooking, have lost some of their sense of taste or smell or have another condition such as depression or cancer. If you are concerned about a sudden, unintentional weight loss, schedule a visit with their health care provider to evaluate your parent.


Maintaining Good Spirits

Do your parents seem to have big mood swings? Have you noticed a change in their outlook or interest in their favorite activities? Any changes in their feelings could be a sign of depression, which is treatable at any age.


If you have concerns about your aging parents, talk to them and share your thoughts. It is also good to encourage senior parents to schedule regular check ups with their doctor. Family member caregivers may also want to consider home care to assist their parents with daily tasks. To learn more facts about caregivers, visit Interim HealthCare’s Family Care Giving Facts page.

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