When you are a caregiver or even if you just drop by on a regular basis to check on a loved one, keep these warning signs in mind!  I found this on Senior Portal.

Part of providing the best care for your loved one is paying attention to changes in their behavior or normal routine. There are several warning signs that can help you detect if they are experiencing memory loss. As you prepare to assist your parents in aging gracefully and safely, here are a few warning signs to watch for:

  1. They begin to miss appointments or arrive to family gatherings late
  2. The refrigerator or cabinets have old and spoiled food
  3. Their hygiene habits worsen
  4. The mail is left unopened and begins to pile up in various spots throughout their home
  5. They engage less in hobbies or activities
  6. The house is not kept clean and clutter and laundry begins to pile up
  7. They have difficulty or confusion when performing familiar tasks
  8. They are unable to consistently pay their bills on time
  9. They have frequent changes in mood and behavior
  10. They are unable to explain bruising or cuts on their body

As your parents age, they may begin to demonstrate some of these signs. In order to fully protect your loved one, you shouldn’t assume that these are normal signs of aging. It may be an early detector for a much more serious disease, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s or Dementia, and you live away, contact us about a LifeCare plan for your loved one! We provide specialized plans of care for people with this disease.

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