- Becoming lost while driving or walking.
- Dents and scratches on your parent’s car as a sign of minor accidents
- Declining or poor personal hygiene
- Mail and overdue bills piling up
- Forgetting how to use their telephone, TV, or other devices
- Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
- History of falls, difficulty walking, or unsteadiness
Certain things you notice may be signs of normal aging — like occasional forgetfulness, forgetting names or a particular word — but if your once-open parents are now secretive, or not forthcoming about their lives, pay attention. If your parents were very proud of their home and their yard and are now neglecting it, pay attention. Any change in weight, personality, or confusion may be a sign of serious illness.
When you need expert guidance navigating the challenges that come with aging, the elder experts of JFS Allies in Aging can help.