This Article is About
elderly parents
red flags
telltale signs
aging parents
elderly parent
constant contact
telltale sign
warning signs
certain age
person to person
health problems
Assisting Your Elderly Parents
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Assisting Your Elderly Parents

Tips on helping your aging parents

Just as they once did for you, when your parents reach that certain age it will become your turn to watch over them. The age at which your parents or other elders will no longer be able to live completely independently will vary from person to person however it is usually between the ages of 65 and 85. As they grow old, you should look out for signs that point towards this direction. Unless health problems exist, this process will normally be slow and take place over the course of a few years. If you visit your parents often, it may be more difficult to be able to tell when they have reached that certain point in their life where they can no longer live independently. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of warning signs and what to do so you can better handle this situation when it arises. In this article, we will discuss what some red flags are and also how to help and what to do when you are assisting your elderly parents.

Some of the first things that will happen to their bodies will be a significant decrease in energy and a lowered ability to think and focus on tasks and in conversation. As we mentioned before, it may be hard for some to pick up on these changes in energy if you are with them often. It is however, important that you remain in constant contact with them so that you can better assist them as their needs grow. To make it easier to tell whether an elderly parent is getting to that age, there are many simple telltale signs that will help you make that decision.

If in the past a parent was normally steadfast with their bills for example, and if you notice that they are allowing those letters to pile up, this is normally a good sign that their energy is decreasing. Alternatively, you can use other comparisons to better assess what their state of health is. For instance, if your mother normally keeps up with the housecleaning and you begin to notice clutter and dust building up, that is also normally a telltale sign that her energy has decreased.

As importaint as it is to monitor their energy levels, their mental health is also important to watch out for. If you notice that they are making strange clothing choices, forgetting important things more frequently or just acting strange, this is a good sign that their mental health is beginning to deteriorate. Comparing how they were before and how they act now is a great way to accurately judge the state of their mind and body.

If you find that your parents are needing more help, you should make sure to minimize any strenuous activity that they may have normally done on their own in house. Such examples are mowing their lawn, getting their mail, lifting and moving heavy objects and possibly operating a vehicle. Also, it is important to make sure they are keeping up with their expenses and most importantly their medication.

Proper medication is of course of crucial importance that will allow them to live out their remaining years in high quality fashion. Make sure that they are seeing the doctor regularly for anything that may be an issue as certain minor problems are more likely to develop into major problems with older people. Familiarize yourself with their medications and speak with their doctor on a regular basis to ensure that they are doing what is necessary to stay healthy.

Now that you know how to properly handle their physical health and mental aptitude, it is now time to focus on their happiness and omissions. Often, after retirement the elderly can become depressed and feel unwanted. If you are able to give them less demanding yet still important activities such as cleaning, cooking, fixing small house repairs and caring for your pets and children, this will go a long way in assuring that they still feel needed in the family.

Another great way of keeping their spirits bright is to encourage them to get involved with senior groups and that they continue to try new things and meet new people. This will help keep them from finding their last years old and boring which is something that is often overlooked when it comes to assisting your elderly parents.

Now that you know the warning signs and how to help them, you will find that you are more prepared when that time comes. When you see the signs, a good idea is to communicate this with them and help them understand that they will no longer be able to do some of the things that they used to do.

Street Talk


Excellent article! Too bad many people don't see the signs until it's too late.

  about 1 decade ago

Good info Ken.

  about 1 decade ago

Ken, Thank you! Good information and well written. blessings, Cynthia

  about 1 decade ago
You May Also Like
Home Care for Seniors
I am writing this article because it is something I have experience with and care about. Those of you who have elderly parents know what a daunting task it can be to see to their needs. The amount of in home care needed for Seniors is only going to increase.…
By: John Stewart in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Apr 02, 2012  
  Likes: 6

Why Get Life Insurance
Why get life insurance is a question many people ask. After all, most employers provide a policy as one of the employee benefits. So what invest in more? There are many reasons why someone should get life insurance, but they are not the same for everyone. To decide if you…
By: Evelyn Puerto in  Insurance  >  Life Annuities   May 11, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Trust - The Fundamentals
One of the most important aspects of business and any relationship is trust. Not just between vendor and customer but between partners in the business. When a relationship goes sour and ends we may blame the other person for what they did to ruin the business, relationship or anything else.…
By: Ian Worrall in  Business   Jun 04, 2011  
  Likes: 0

What Google Tells Your Customers - Like It Or Not!
Google is telling your customers all about your site before they even visit! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. So what do you think? You think I made that title to entice you to read? Hell no! Im for real, read on or you could find yourself dropping…
By: Kenneth Shannon in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  SEO   Nov 26, 2011  
  Likes: 2

What Is A Work From Home Scam?
Chances are that if you have turned on a computer and accessed the World Wide Web you have probably been exposed to what is known as an online work from home scam offer. But, just what is a work from home scam offer? If you have a desire to stay…
By: Feemo in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Aug 13, 2013  
  Likes: 3

How to Avoid Money Eating Online Scams
Scams I touched upon this topic just briefly on the Get It All Starting page but I think this is a topic that needs to be examined further because so many people fall victim to one of the many scams that are out there. The amount of people I have…
By: Nathan 1 in  Internet and Businesses Online   Sep 26, 2013  
  Likes: 0

What is Sensa?
Sensa Weight Loss System Sensa was developed by a doctor to cause taste and smell stimulation. The theory is that by using “tastants” to fool your sense of smell and taste, you will eat less. If you eat less, then you will obviously lose some weight. The Sensa website states…
By: joe witt in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jul 17, 2012  
  Likes: 4

Montana And Payday Loans, Laws You Should Be Aware Of
In researching Montana and payday loans and payday loans from other states, I keep seeing a pattern of different laws for different states. While I am all for each state being independent and able to regulate their own states laws, I keep seeing one thing all these laws have in…
By: Shawn Lee  in  Finance  >  Debt Consolidation   Nov 20, 2012  
  Likes: 1

What Seperates Wealthy Affiliate From the Rest?
There are so many get rich quick schemes on the Internet today and it makes it hard to weed out of all the scams. Besides, researching the word scam and the company you have your doubts about. How do you know-for-sure if the company is a scam? How do you…
  Likes: 21

Will Article Marketing Help My Business
Benefits of writing articles to market my business. Many have likely already realized this but writing articles about your business or product is a quick and easy way to increase website traffic to your website. Article Marketing and writing articles is also a great way to gain quality backlinks for…
  Likes: 9

Free Article Marketing Guide - Are You For Real?
If you are like me and have been searching for ways to increase your income, then you have probably come across plenty of free article marketing guides that promise you the moon in your earnings within a short time. I ask if this is for real or it is just…
  Likes: 0

Private Investigation Services-When You May Need Them
If your only experience with private investigation services has been with old, grainy, black and white films and cheesy daytime shows were sneaky lovers are ambushed with the evidence of their affairs, then you might think you will never need them. However, there is much more to private investigation than…
By: Amanda Lee in  Business   Jan 24, 2011  
  Likes: 0

How to Spot An Internet Marketing Scam
You do not have to spend much time trying to learn the ropes of internet marketing before coming face to face with a scam. In fact, getting burnt by a scam is how most people get started! If you are lucky enough and just starting out in internet marketing and…
By: Chip Paulson in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Internet Marketing   Aug 16, 2013  
  Likes: 8

5 Steps to Starting a Business from Home
The 5 steps to starting a business from home are: first, making a list of your skills and talents; second, study the list to generate business ideas; third, check local and online markets to see what people are looking for; fourth, make a business plan and calculate your profit potential;…
By: Andy Denton in  Home Based Business   May 07, 2011  
  Likes: 0

No Valentine Partner… So What?
You don’t have a partner on Valentine’s Day, So what? Get over yourself, go out there and show someone else some love. Stop sitting around, moping and hating today just because you do not have someone to give you teddy bear, chocolate or flowers. So? Do people without moms hate…
By: Barbara15 in  Relationships  >  Love   Jun 02, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2166    Report this Article