Senior Helpers shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that when family members get together for the holidays, they may realize that things aren’t the same as they used to be with their elderly relatives.
“It is important to look for warning signs that your loved one is struggling and may not be able to live safely, totally on their own anymore,” said Bob Tucker, a qualified dementia care provider and co-owner of the Senior Helpers office serving the North and Northwest suburbs.
Are you noticing any of these issues this holiday season?
• Under or over-dosing medications
• Weight loss or gain, missing meals, dehydration
“Any of these things may indicate that some changes may be needed to keep your loved one safe, healthy and happy. You may need to discuss this with your loved one, which unfortunately can lead to tense conversions and hurt feelings,” said Abbie Tucker, a senior advocate and client services director and co-owner of the local Senior Helpers office. “A doctor visit may be called for, or at least a discussion of ideas to provide greater safety and assistance.”
Senior Helpers recommends carefully selecting a time and place separate from traditional family activities for a meeting.