Warning Signs That Care at Home May Be Needed

Frequently, when elderly loved ones need some help to stay at home, they won’t admit it. Others may also be unaware when someone simply cannot take care of himself or the household. It is important to be aware of and watch for the signs that could indicate extra assistance is needed in order to provide a safe home environment for aging loved ones.

Signs Extra Help is Needed

Hoarding: When Stuff Takes Over

All too often the signs an aging loved one needs extra help can be difficult to see, even when you are looking for them. Click here, Navigating the Senior Care Maze, to read a great story about one family’s experiences when they realized things were not really ok with mom.

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Recognizing Health Warning Signs in the Elderly
These tips can help monitor some key health areas that are often missed when working with the elderly.

Financial Warning Signs
Eight warning signs that the financial situation for an elderly person may be off track are outlined here.

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s
The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, along with the differences between Alzheimer’s and typical age-related changes, are outlined here, courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association.

Compulsive Hoarding
National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” interviewed Randy Frost and Gail Steketee, the writers of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”. This link allows you to listen to the informative interview.

Just Say NO to Senior Scams
Consumer Action offers some tips on guarding against elder financial abuse. A great list of resources and additional links are also included here.

Top 10 scams against seniors
Learn about the top 10 scams perpetrated against seniors published by the National Council on Aging.

Preventing Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (a division of the Administration on Aging) Web site offers downloadable fact sheets, resources, answers to questions related to elder abuse, and more.