Noticing Changes in Elderly Family Members

The holiday season is a time to connect or reconnect with family. We might visit with parents or other family members that we havent seen in some time and thats when changes in their health become more noticeable such as:

Weight lossDeterioration in personal hygieneUnusually dirty or messy homeUnusually loud or quiet, paranoid or agitated behaviorLocal friends and relatives noticing changes in behaviorSelf-imposed isolation, stops attending activitiesSigns of forgetfulness such as unopened mail, piling newspapers, missed appointments, unfilled prescriptionsSigns of poorly managed finances, such as not paying bills, losing money, paying bills twiceUnusual purchases

Then once the new year begins we go back to our daily routines. But, what can or should you do if you see any of these changes? Theres a lot actually that you can do. Next week well go over some of the options available to you.