For many seniors accepting and admitting that they can no longer live alone can feel like a loss of independence. Your loved one may not want to ask for help when they’re struggling. Don’t wait, instead familiarize yourself with the warning signs and keep an eye out for them.
Neglecting Personal Hygiene
This can manifest itself in a number of different ways such as not showering or brushing their teeth. Poor grooming could be a symptom of elderly depression which is serious since it’s an early warning sign of dementia. Sudden weight loss is also something to look out for.
A Messy Home
You know your loved one, you can tell when they’re house is more cluttered than usual. The most concerning sign are items being out of place, such as juice in the cabinet instead of the fridge or dirty dishes put away. This is often another early warning sign of dementia.
They’re Always Tired
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to fatigue. If your loved one is constantly exhausted it may be dangerous for them to live alone. You should also consider bringing them to see a therapist or psychiatrist to help with their sleep issues.
They Get Lost in Familiar Places
Getting turned around in the grocery store or any other location they’ve visited before is a major warning sign. You’re loved one should not be getting lost or disoriented in their own environment, especially if they’ve lived there for a long period of time.
Odd Clothing Choices
This means long sleeves in the summer or leaving the house without a coat while it’s snowing as well as staying in the same clothes for days. If they can no longer dress themselves they can no longer safely live alone. If you don’t see your loved one everyday ask the people who do if they’ve noticed anything strange about their wardrobe choices.
Its important to take action the minute you notice any of these issues. Starting a conversation can be nerve racking, you don’t want them to feel disrespected. One way this can be avoided is asking your loved one how they’re doing and what their goals are. Approach the topic with sensitivity and understanding, remember its for their own good.