1. Skipping Meals and Losing Weight
Weight loss is often the first indicator of an underlying problem. Perhaps your loved one’s memory is starting to decline and they are forgetting to eat meals, or maybe they have become incapable of cooking for themselves. Look around their home; are spoiled foods in the refrigerator? Have untouched dishes been sitting in the sink for a long period of time? Meals on Wheels may be a simple solution, if not, an assisted living facility that offers multiple dining options may be a better option.
2. Decline in Personal Care
Have you noticed that your mother, who always has to have her hair just so, is no longer doing her
hair? Difficulty or lack of interest in bathing and grooming may be a sign for the need of personal care assistance.
3. Physical Limitations
A decrease in balance and mobility leads to an
increased risk for falls. Pay close attention to your
elderly loved one. Do they have bruises, or have
they had recent falls or unexplained injuries? A fall
can lead to a series of problems, it could even
result in death, so making sure your loved one has
the proper care and mobility help is extremely
important for their safety.
4. Change in Personality
A change in personality is often easily recognized, but hard to accept. When your parent or loved one suddenly seems like a stranger to you it can be difficult for the whole family. Is your parent or loved one withdrawing from friends and social activities? Do you sense that they are feeling isolated or lonely? A few other personality changes may include:
- sudden anger
- fear and paranoia
- easily frustrated
5. Overall Cognitive Decline
If a Senior close to you is showing signs of memory loss, it is important to talk to them, or if possible, their doctor. Some signs of cognitive loss may include:
- forgetting to take medications
- not paying bills on time
- lack of sound judgment
- difficulty following directions
- requiring frequent reminders and prompts
Are these situations sounding familiar?
Give us call today to see how River Pointe can help – then stop by for a cup of coffee!
Call (218) 287-6900
2401 South 11th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560