Indicators To Look For With Your Aging Loved Ones
As the population continues to age, more and more adults find themselves in a caregiving role for aging loved ones. This is uncharted territory for most and can feel quite overwhelming. How does one determine when it’s time to bring extra help into the home for their loved one or consider a move to a senior living community? Be on the lookout for the following indicators:
- Are there problems with mobility, walking, and balance?
- Is it difficult for your loved one to get up out of their seat?
- Does your loved one have trouble with memory and cognition?
- Are there bruises that cannot be explained?
- Has there been unexpected weight loss?
- Are they exhibiting unpleasant body odor or a decline in grooming habits and/or physical appearance?
- Does their vehicle have unexplained dents and/or scratches?
- Do they appear confused?
- Has there been a change in their general mood?
- Pay attention to the following, if you have the opportunity to visit in their home:
- Is it disorganized, cluttered, or dirty?
- Does the property (yard or house) need maintenance?
- Are there broken items such as furniture or appliances?
If you notice your loved one exhibiting one or more of these signs, do not turn a blind eye. Crisis situations are avoided by addressing needs early on. There are many resources available to assist in the long-term planning process. Call Jackie Exum, Certified Social Worker and Senior Real Estate Specialist, for a free consultation at 502-345-2557.
Jackie Exum is a licensed realtor and certified Senior Real Estate Specialist with the Withrow Group at Keller Williams Realty Louisville East. Jackie has over 15 years of social work experience with a Masters of Social Work specialized in Gerontology. Jackie wishes to be a resource to the community and encourages you to reach out with any questions regarding your aging loved one.