What if a loved one was in need of help as they aged? Do you think you would be able to recognize the signs? Here are 5 signs to look for that could mean your elderly relative needs help at home.
Did you know that 1 in 3 adults age 65 or older falls each year. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to live independently. Staying active and exercising can help minimize the risk of falls. Recent falls can be a sign of deteriorating health, which would be a sign that your elderly loved one needs assistance.
Forgetting Medication and Appointments
The more medication an older adult takes, the more likely they are to forget a dose, or over medicate. In 2000 the average number of prescriptions an elderly adult took was 28.5. In 2010 the average number of prescriptions per elderly person grew to 38.5, an increase of 10 prescriptions. Whether your loved one uses a pill box to keep track of medication, it is important to pay attention to pills that are still in the box or that haven’t been touched for days. The consequences of forgetting these meds include disease progression or complications, increased physicians’ visits or even hospitalization.
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