As Statistics Canada gradually shares the data from the 2016 census, here’s a stat that concerns me. According to this Globe and Mail article, almost one in four Canadians could be 65 or older by 2031. Geez. Further, the article points out Canada’s population is not only growing older – but the pace of change is accelerating, as new census numbers show seniors now outnumber children for the first time in the survey’s history. Aging Canadians will need help but when will you know when your elderly parents need help?
Here are 5 signs that your parents may need help or some form of assistance or care.
Changes in Mental Status
You may become aware that your loved one is acting strangely at times. Are they missing important appointments? How about forgetting to take medications? Do they appear confused? Or act aggressively for no reason? These are all early signs of dementia. Help is needed.
Difficulty with Walking, Balance and Mobility
Your parent appears to have difficulty in getting out of a chair or while using the washroom? This happens to all of us as we age but it is also a sign that your parent needs help with their mobility. Heck, falls are the leading cause of injuries among Canadians 65 years and over. Here are 3 ways to prevent falls for seniors living at home.
Poor Personal Care
If your mom or dad is not taking the same care in their appearance as they always have, that is a red flag. The same can be said about your grandparents as well. Do they have an unpleasant body odor? How about a strong odor of urine in the house or on clothing? This could be a sign of incontinence. Again, help is needed.
Loss of Interest in Hobbies and Activities
You may notice that your loved one has stopped going to the public library or attending clubs. This could be a sign for depression. Hence, having a caregiver or a family member to share their daily activities can make a significant difference.
Difficulty Completing Regular Tasks
This is another indication that your loved one needs help. Do you notice stacked of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox? How about dirty laundry piling up? You may notice carpet stains, perhaps caused by dropping and spilling things. These are some of the common indicators that your parents may need some form of assistance or care.