Everyone knows that aging is a process we all must eventually face. With the advanced levels of health care made readily available in our country today, life expectancies climb to greater heights with each new technology. But accompanying longer lives are the inevitable health issues that come with them. So what happens when aging gets personal, when it sets up residence a little closer to home then what’s comfortable?
What can you do when aging starts to affect your mother, father, aunt, uncle or someone else you love? How can you help? And how do you know, exactly, when help is needed? The best way is to stop and take a look around:
Is my loved one taking care of himself/herself?
Look for signs like poor hygiene, clothing that’s wrinkled or worn daily, rapid weight-loss or gain.
Do they have the desire to maintain their home?
Look for signs like excessive clutter or mess (especially if your loved one has been known to be neat and organized), mail or bills piled up, an overgrown lawn, spoiled food in the refrigerator.
Are there mobility issues?
Look for frequent or recent fall issues, a reluctance to walk distances, complaints about joint pain, and depending heavily on a cane or household objects to facility walking.
Can my loved one safely drive an automobile?
Look for confusion with directions or getting lost in familiar areas, a vehicle battered with dings, scratches or other signs of impact.
Signs are sometimes subtle, appear over time and can be hard to see and accept. But you’re not alone in the process. Tabitha.org is your full resource for aging signs. Simply visit the website, click on Download eBook and access a full suite of FREE resources to give more insight. Cause for Concern is a great book to start.
For more individualized support and advice, contact a Tabitha Continuum Navigator for a FREE, no obligation assessment of your loved one’s aging journey. Just call 402.486.8520.