Signs of Declining Health in Aging Adults
As a family caregiver, how can you tell if your loved one is in trouble?
According to geriatrician and researcher Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., seniors becoming weak or frail is usually the result of problems with various systems of the body. A number of conditions—from a heart attack or stroke to falls and weight loss—can result in frailty.
Here are some of the warning signs that your senior loved one could be getting frail:
Change. Mom has always been interested in talking to the neighbours, reading the newspaper, or volunteering, but she is withdrawing from those interests.
Inactivity. Dad is suddenly much less active than usual. He’s no longer doing gardening or walking the dog.
Slowing down. Grandpa always used to have a bounce in his step. Now, suddenly, grandpa trudges along.
Loss of appetite and weight. Grandma enjoyed cooking and always had a healthy appetite, but she seems to have lost interest in food.
Unsteadiness. Loss of balance comes with aging, but Mom's increasing unsteadiness is a sign that something could be wrong.
These are all signs that indicate that it may be time to see a doctor for advice on your loved one's condition or get a geriatric assessment.
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Consider a Home Instead CAREGiver to support your loved one age safely. A professional CAREGiver can keep mom and dad active, which can help prevent them becoming frail. Reach out to Home Instead Senior Care today at (902) 429-2273 to set up a complementary care consult with our Client Care Coordinator. At that time, we can help you come up with a care plan suited to you or the needs of your loved one.