If your aging parents live alone, they may be struggling with emotional or wellness issues that aren’t immediately obvious to you. Have you had concerns about their well-being but don’t know what is normal and what isn’t? Here is an overview of what to watch for and some of the common concerns we have about our parents. Check on Elder Parent’s Overall Well-being
Are They Depressed or Lonely? Check on Elder Parent’s Overall Well-being
If they have lost a spouse, friends or relatives, they may experience depression or loneliness, which is a common response to losing someone. But how can you tell if it is a normal, temporary condition, or if it is something deeper that can affect their health and overall wellbeing?
If you notice any of the symptoms above, or out of character behavior, you should consult their general practitioner. There are a number of ways to treat depression that can help your parent feel better. If you are concerned about loneliness, here are some tactics to combat loneliness. If your parent has limited mobility or difficulty with transportation, you can also help them get set up online so that they can connect with others even if they can’t leave the house.
One thing I noticed in working with seniors is that many of the seniors I knew did not eat much. Some would only eat once a day, while others would subsist on a can of soup and a pastry. I had a gentleman who said he ate one meal a day, at lunch. I asked if he ate anything in the morning or before bed and he said he preferred not to eat in the morning and he ate ice scream for dinner. Now, he was 88 years old and relatively healthy, so part of me thinks, hey, more power to him. However, it is important to have a healthy diet to maintain your health.
In addition to nutrition problems, you should also keep an eye out for dehydration. Many seniors don’t drink enough water, which can lead to dizziness or other health concerns. If you notice any of the above symptoms, you can speak to their doctor about implementing proper nutrition. You can also implement some of my healthy eating tips.
Are you noticing your parent is having a difficult time getting around the house? With our bodies, it really is use it or lose it. Encourage your parent to get some form of exercise to maintain their muscle tone.
Sometimes, when we are in the weeds, we don’t see everything that is happening. Taking a step back to check in on your parent’s wellbeing can help them live a healthier life. If you are a long distance caregiver, these tips might be additional help.
Check on Elder Parent’s Overall Well-being
Kathy Macaraeg has worked closely with seniors and their families for the past seven years and counts many 80+ year old women as he closest friends. She created http://www.caregivingmadeeasy.com as a way to share the knowledge she gained from her clients and their families with those struggling with caregiving challenges. Kathy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.View All Articles