When you have an elderly loved one living at home on their own, it’s usually just a matter of time before certain problems start to occur. Senior citizens often fight having someone come in to help them out but it is necessary more often than not. Read on to consider these 5 health concerns for living at home when it involves an elderly friend or relative.
Risk of Being Scammed
The elderly are the number one age group targeted by thieves and scammers looking for a quick hit. Senior citizens often do not understand when they are being scammed. Thousands of elderly Americans have been tricked out of millions of dollars because they trusted the wrong person. And unfortunately, that cash is hard to get back. It’s sometimes necessary to enlist the help of someone else when your loved one seems like they could be easy prey.
Diminished Cognitive Skills
As one ages, cognitive abilities often start to show a small decline in many individuals. Cognitive slowing is one area that is affected the most. It has been thought to be a contributing factor in the higher rate of vehicular accidents involving the elderly, according to The Dana Foundation. Other cognitive skills, such as memory loss and language skills, are just a few of the skills that many seniors start to lose. For those living on their own, the loss or decline of these abilities can cause a number of problems.
Trouble Keeping up with Bills
It’s hard enough for many of us to keep up with all of our bills and obligations when we are young. As our loved one ages, it becomes even harder to remember what bill needs to be paid, when it is due and how it gets paid, especially if that individual is not internet-savvy and cannot pay bills online easily. Outside help is often necessary when making sure all financial obligations are kept current and the household is running smoothly.
Fall Risks in the Home
Most young adults fall down and quickly jump right back up and go on about their day. For a senior citizen, falls are devastating, especially for those with already weakened bones. Throw rugs, stairs and slippery bathtubs can play a major role in falls for seniors. There have been countless reports of seniors unable to get help when they fall and become immobilized because they are home alone and unable to get to a phone.
Seniors living alone often start relying on drugs and/or alcohol to relieve stress, boredom or pain. Doctors and hospitals are often quick to write large, refillable prescriptions for painkillers for the elderly, as many do not realize that there is still potential for abuse from this age group. With no one around to regulate prescription drug use or alcohol use, many seniors find themselves relying on one or more to get through their day.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!