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How To Tell If An Older Adult Requires Extra Support

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As our loved ones age, it becomes essential to be vigilant about signs that may indicate they require additional support. Aging can bring about a multitude of changes, both physical and emotional, that might impact an individual’s ability to maintain their independence. We’ll delve into several key indicators that can help you determine if someone you love needs additional support.

Changes at Home

Mobility Issues

Observing changes in your loved one’s daily exercise routine can offer valuable insights into their overall mobility. If they’ve started to deviate from their regular exercise habits, it might be an early signal of a gradual slowdown. While it may not be as overt as frequent falls or challenges navigating stairs, this subtle shift is a crucial early indicator that warrants attention. Keeping in mind that one in four US adults aged 65 or older reports falling each year, paying heed to these initial signs will enable you to address potential mobility issues before they escalate, fostering a proactive approach to maintaining their overall well-being.

Living and Personal Hygiene

Are you noticing a pile of dishes in the sink? Is clothing scattered around the house? A cluttered and disorganized living space can signify that your loved one may be struggling to manage daily tasks. 

Have you also noticed a decrease in personal hygiene? Not only is it important for overall health, but this can also serve as a significant indicator that your loved one may need additional support to keep up with their personal health. For instance, individuals with dementia may lose the ability to attend to their hygiene needs without adequate supervision

Significant Weight Loss

Observing substantial weight loss may indicate unhealthy eating habits or a lack of energy to cook their own meal.

Medication Management

Managing medications can become increasingly complex as individuals age. Look for signs of missed doses, expired medications, or confusion about prescription instructions.

Changes in Driving Habits

Driving habits can provide insights into an older adult’s cognitive and physical well-being. If you notice scratches on the car, they could signify potential concerns about their driving abilities, prompting you to consider alternative transportation options if deemed necessary.

Mismanaged Finances

Notice any unpaid or delinquent bills? Your loved one might be falling behind or forgetting to pay bills on time.

Mental Health Concerns


While absent-mindedness can affect individuals of all ages and abilities, increased forgetfulness often signals advancing illness, particularly in the elderly and aging. If you notice that your loved one’s forgetfulness is beginning to impede their daily activities, it may be time to seek the help of a professional.

Mood Changes or Swings

You may notice your mom or dad exhibiting changes in behavior towards you or others. Additionally, you may also observe signs of depression, loneliness, or a lack of interest in hobbies and activities they once enjoyed.

Next steps

Identifying the diverse signs that may signal an older adult’s need for additional support is crucial for their safety, well-being, and overall quality of life. By addressing concerns related to mobility issues, mood changes, and more, you can take proactive steps to provide the necessary support and ensure your loved one’s age with dignity and care.  

Various options are at your disposal, such as seeking additional help from additional family members, partnering with home care agencies, or considering senior living communities. Early detection of these indicators is essential for providing comprehensive care to your aging loved ones. 

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