- A cluttered home. One indication that a loved one may need help is when the home is perpetually untidy or dirty. The messiness may include clutter, accumulations of garbage or recycling, dirty or unfolded laundry or stacks of dirty dishes.
- Inadequate personal hygiene. Disregard to appearance, bathing and soiled clothing can be a red flag for attention deficits and possible diminishing memory. Another thing to look for is clothing that is not appropriate for the weather (i.e., short pants and t-shirts in the winter).
- Problems driving. Even though driving represents freedom to most seniors, traffic tickets, fender-benders and dents on the vehicle may indicate that your loved one is no longer able to drive safely.
- Extreme change in weight, A difference of 10% or more in body weight can signify two things: (1) That a loved one is not eating nutritious meals or is avoiding meal preparation or (2) that your loved one is suffering from depression.
- Confusion or loneliness. Aging adults may find that everyday activities, such as socializing or hobbies, have become too difficult. As a result of this feeling, he or she may retreat from other family members and restrict many activities he or she previously found pleasurable.
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