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What to Look for When Visiting Elders

What to Look for When Visiting Elders

Greg Younger via Flickr

Greg Younger via Flickr

When families live far away from one another, the holidays may be the only opportunity that long-distance caregivers and family members have to personally observe older relatives. Age-related decline can happen quickly! These are just a few pointers below:

  • Balance – Pay close attention to the way your parent move around, and in particular how they walk
  • Weight Loss – One of the most obvious signs of ill health, either physical or mental, is weight loss.
  • Emotional Well-Being – Be aware of obvious and subtle changes in your loved ones’ emotional well-being. 
  • Home Environment – Their surroundings eg unsafe clutter, mail that has piled up. Scorched cookware, overflowing hamper.

If it has been a while since the last visit and you live at a distance, you can use the visit as an opportunity to assess how your parents are getting along in addition to having a lovely holiday visit. Check out this article via the link below, it will give you more information – take care of each other, life is too short…

What to Look for When Visiting Elders

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