Many elderly men and woman find themselves feeling certain ways about things or worrying about some of the things they experience. When they do, they worry that thought or feeling cannot possibly be normal.
Here are four common issues seniors experience that they worry aren’t normal.
-Your Dad Used to Love Onions, But Now He Hates Them
Aging impacts the sense of smell. Taste buds are also affected by the normal process of aging. When you find your dad suddenly hates foods he used to love, it’s usually just part of aging. The only time to be concerned is if he is also struggling with memory retention or organization. That can be a sign of Alzheimer’s, and Alzheimer’s can lead to changes in how things taste.
-At the End of the Day, Your Mom’s Feet and Ankles Are Puffy
It’s been a busy day. Your mom watched her grandchildren for a change. A trip to the zoo had her on her feet all day. After having dinner out, she comes home and goes to put on her slippers. They feel tight. Her feet and ankles are puffy. She’s worried. A force as simple as gravity can cause feet and ankles to swell up a bit over the span of the day. Your mom should sit down and relax. Chances are the swelling will go away. If it doesn’t or it seems to only be present in one leg, she should see her doctor.
-Your Dad Seems Grumpier Than Usual
After decades of work, parenting, and life in general, your dad’s patience may not be as good as it once was. That’s normal. You should watch him though. Mood swings and grumpiness can be a sign of excessive stress or even depression.
-Your Mom Isn’t Keeping the House Organized
Your mom is done the dishes and would usually vacuum, dust, and get laundry started. She just can’t get enthusiastic about it and opts to leave them. It’s unlike her to not stick to her routine. This is normal. As you age, your stamina can change. You need to see why she stopped. Is the laundry basket too heavy to carry down the basement steps? Is her arthritis flaring up and making her not want to stand up for as long as is needed to vacuum floors and dust all the furniture? After the age of 65, it can be harder to live at home without any help. Home care services can eliminate the struggles many seniors face as they age at home.
Call a home care agency to discuss the benefits of help with cleaning, transportation, and meal preparation.
If you or a senior family member are considering hiring a Homecare in Glen Rock, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today at (973) 427-3553.
I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.
In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.