None of us ever really wants to admit that we are aging. We try all kinds of things to slow down the process, or at least the signs, from lotions, hair color, wraps, and in some cases surgical procedures. We engage in activities that test our intelligence, agility, memory, and common sense. So it should come as no surprise to you that your parents and/or grandparents are unwilling to admit that they require help around the house. They will be even more reluctant to admit that they should no longer live on their own. Below is a list of behaviors that may help you recognize that your loved ones could use a helping hand, either a little or a lot.
Household Management and Memory
While some of the above signals may indicate that a helping hand is all that is required, they made be indicative of more serious problems. Try to talk openly, and at all times lovingly, with your loved one regarding his or her actual needs and a possible care plan. Make sure you have the whole story before you begin making suggestions and changes. Your respect and caring attitude will go a long way to reassure that your only motive is to ensure his or her well-being.
For more information on how to address these challenges, see the following websites and also check with professionals in your neighborhood: