Signs an Elderly Loved One Needs Help at Home

There are signs to watch for that will tell you when your elderly loved one needs help at home.

There are signs to watch for that will tell you when your elderly loved one needs help at home.

It is no secret that we are living longer. In fact, the life expectancy for women in the U.S. is 81.2 years and for males, it’s 76.4 years.

Still, that doesn’t mean that elderly parents or relatives will always be spry and able to easily manage their activities of daily living. How can you tell if your loved one needs help at home?

You don’t want to offend them by imposing something on them, but at the same time you don’t want something to happen that could have been avoided, had there been some assistance in place. Here are some signs to watch for:

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Helping Older Adults Overcome the Holiday Blues

During the holiday season, many people experience sadness, especially older adults. Memories of family and friends who have passed on or the longing for family holidays of the past can cause them to feel isolated even when they are with family.

Often when elderly loved ones live alone, the warning signs of sadness and seasonal depression go unnoticed. During the holiday season, pay close attention to your older loved ones and watch for the warning signs of holiday blues: persistent sadness, feelings of worthlessness or helplessness, weight changes, withdrawal from social activities, slowed thinking or response, inability to concentrate, and excessive worrying.

If you sense that your elderly loved ones are unhappy, follow the tips below to help brighten the holiday season for them:

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Protecting Mom and Dad When a New Love Appears

How You Benefit from Powers of AttorneySince people are living longer, it is not uncommon for widows and widowers to live 5, 10 even 15 years after a spouse dies.

After a while, needlework, gardening, grandchildren and traveling may not fill the void. Mom or Dad will want some companionship. While many men and women have established wonderful relationships the second time around, there are times when a companion is more interested in Mom or Dad’s assets, than in Mom or Dad.

There are steps that a concerned adult child can take to prevent a companion from separating Mom and Dad from his or her hard-earned money, though the assistance of an elder law attorney can be essential for effective senior asset protection.

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