Going home for the holidays? Check up on Mom & Dad.

Dec 21, 2015
Update: Dec 21, 2015

Sure – you ask your aging parents if everything is okay when you talk to them, but are they really fine? Remember, senior citizens come from a time when you didn't ask people for help, and they don't want to be a burden.

When you head back home this year, poke around and make sure your loved one is truly doing well.


Signs of Problems:

  1. Stacks of mail - especially unopened bills
  2. Change in weight or eating habits
  3. Change in mobility and balance
  4. Is the house dirty and it's typically clean?
  5. Extreme mood swings
  6. Forgetfulness
  7. Medicines aren't being taken properly (count pills and check refill dates)
  8. Things are in strange places (for example, keys in the refrigerator)
  9. Spoiled food in the refrigerator

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  • Janet Coursey Dec 21, 2015 1:18 pm PST Wish I had had this list about 20 years ago. Both my mother and father showed signs that something was very wrong, but when I asked about the cat food in the refrigerator, knowing that they did not have a cat, their answer seemed okay. They had a stray that visited. They didn't have anything. They could see well enough to know what they had bought. I learned this after the fact. My heart still breaks when ever I think about it. Reply

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