A century ago, only four out of every one hundred people in the U.S. were age 65 or older.** Today, older adults represent the fastest growing segment of the population, and as more people are entering the later stages of life, it becomes increasingly important to recognize ways to monitor and assess the changing needs of our loved ones. And while growing older is inevitable, there will come a time when you need to ask yourself whether a loved one is still able to care for him or herself independently.
For most of us, it is hard to face the fact that our loved ones may need assistance in decision making and in caring for themselves. Defining when and if assistance is necessary and determining where to start can be difficult. At Moravia Health, we care about the health of you and your loved ones.
Use the Behavior and Personal Evaluation Checklist below to assist you in identifying and monitoring changes in your loved one’s behavior. Asking yourself these questions now can help you to be better prepared for any planning and coordination of care that may be necessary in the future.
Behavior and Personal Evaluation*
Have You Noticed…
Signs to Look for:
|…a noticeable change in the way a loved one is maintaining his/her yard or home?|
|…that a loved one is beginning to show signs of memory loss?|
|…a loved one showing signs or symptoms of depression?|
|…a noticeable change in appetite?|
|…a decline in driving capabilities?|
|…medications are not being taken as prescribed?|
|…a decline in grooming or personal hygiene habits?|
|…an increased need for assistance?|
|…a change in sleep patterns?|
|…signs of incontinence?|
* The information that follows is presented for the purpose of educating the consumer on a variety of wellness and health care topics (the “Information”). Nothing contained is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. The Information contained is compiled from a variety of sources. The Information should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit with, call to, consultation or advice from your Physician or other health care provider.