Throughout history, all around the globe, conflicts have erupted over independence. Even in our personal lives, from a very young age, we crave the opportunity to make our own decisions. It's logical, then, that in our golden years we still want to take care of ourselves, although it might be difficult. However, things could change as time passes by. So if your aging Mom lives alone, make occasional assessments to see if it's still best. Here are 5 signs that she might need some help.
- Poor nutrition. Fresh fruits and vegetables and well-balanced meals should be part of every person's diet. And when we get older, good nutrition can reduce the risk of common ailments like osteoporosis and high blood pressure. Is your Mom capable of shopping for and/or preparing food that's good for her?
- Issues with taking medication. When you ask Mom if she took her medication, you might get the occasional 'no', since we all forget things at times. However, if she forgets often or frequently misses a dose because she was unable to pick up her prescription, this is a serious cause for concern.
- Inadequate personal hygiene/appearance. We all have those days when we just don't feel like ironing. But if it seems like your Mom is slacking in regards to her good habits of dressing and caring for herself, it could be a sign that it's becoming too much of a hassle and she needs help.
- Depression. Loneliness and social isolation are all too common among seniors. Living independently does have some perks. However, seniors might not be prepared for the sad reality of not having someone physically present with them each day.
- Worsening eyesight. If eyeglasses and magnifying glasses aren't enough to make important things clear, Mom's vision can pose a definite hazard. Bad eyesight could cause her to bump into things, misread labels, and make other serious mistakes.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!