Nobody wants to think about their parents getting older and needing help to get by. However, it is part of most people’s lives and is something that we have to start thinking about once our parents show signs of slowing down. As people get older, their health concerns will typically increase also. For our parents and other elderly loved ones, we need to look out for signs of neglect and lack of care.
Here are some of the health-related concerns to be watchful for in our older relatives.
Older people may develop and tendency to lose their balance and falling over. If they do this frequently then this is a sign that there could be a muscular issue and that medical attention should be sought. Sadly, falling over is a common cause of death among older people due to the impact on their bodies from the fall–not to mention long recovery times from broken bones. It’s up to you to decide whether they would benefit from extra care at home or in residential care.
It is common for people to become more forgetful once they get a bit older. However, there is a key difference between forgetting why you entered a room and who somebody is when they are a key part of your life. When your loved ones start to exhibit signs of forgetfulness that increase in severity, it is best to get a formal diagnosis so you can seek out the right level of care for them so that they can live as full as life as possible.
Older people will tend to slow down as they get older, but if your loved one starts to complain about joint pain then you need to make sure they get the right medical help. Help them to find a suitable physiotherapist who will help them to improve their muscle mass which will help to ease joint pain and improve their overall fitness.
If you decide that the best place for your parents to live is in residential care, then it can be a load off your mind knowing that they are being taken care of properly. However, unfortunately, care homes are known for being places that do not protect our loved ones as we wish. Signs of neglect and abuse in the elderly are; lack of hygiene, malnourishment, unexplained bruises, and changes in behavior. If you notice this happening, it may be time to consider seeing a lawyer representing elderly victims who can assist you in making sure your loved one gets the help they need and any compensation they deserve.
Keeping the brain active
One of the biggest downfalls of getting older is losing the ability to use the mind. So while older people may not be able to focus on reading long books, audiobooks can help keep the mind stimulated–as can learning to play new games which can also be a bonding experience.
Older relatives will have done their part in taking care of you- now is the time to pay it back and make sure they can live their golden years happily and healthily.