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Aging parents and signs of health problems

Aging parents and signs of health problems

If you’re concerned about the health of your aging parents, you’re not alone. As parents get older, there are always questions that arise on whether they are healthy and taking good care of themselves. Busy schedules and the pressures of life can make taking the time to notice if your parents are starting to have difficulties with their personal care or their daily tasks. Where do I start? Below are a few questions you can ask yourself and take necessary steps.   Are your parents taking good care of their hygiene? Your parents’ appearance is important to note. Are they wearing clean and tidy clothes? Are they grooming themselves regularly? When they smile, do you notice food or plaque buildup? You might get indications of depression, dementia and physical impairments if they are failing on keeping on daily routines like tooth brushing, bathing or other basic grooming. Some of the details you may want to notice are things like: • A clean bathroom; • A bedroom where the bed is made and clothes are stored neatly; • Lights that are in working order; • An overgrown garden If you see the need for any big changes on how they do things, it may be time to consider making decisions like making appointments with specialists to identify potential changes in their health, and possibly looking into making lifestyle changes such as living arrangements or home care.   Do you notice signs of memory loss? If you see they are neglecting household work like scorched pots, unclean toilets these can be signs of depression or dementia. From time to time even...
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