10 Signs to Look for When Visiting Older Relatives

For many families across the country, it is difficult to find the time to get together in-person with loved ones living out of town. During those occasional visits for family celebrations with your older loved ones, it’s important be on the lookout for any red flags to their well-being. SameAddress is a social enterprise program of the non-profit Area Agency on Aging 1-B, which has been annually providing services to thousands of southeast Michigan’s older adults for more than 40 years.

Here are 10 easily observable clues—physical, social, emotional and cognitive—that may indicate an active older adult is in need of some additional assistance, now or in the near future. During visit with an aging loved one, but sure to look for:

  1. Notable changes in person’s weight, appearance, odor or other personal grooming habits
  2. Abundance of expired/spoiled foods in the refrigerator
  3. Numerous duplicate food items in the pantry or freezer
  4. Dead or dying plants and/or unkempt pets
  5. Nicks, dents, dings and scratches on the car
  6. Piles of unopened mail and/or unclaimed newspaper deliveries
  7. Excessive overdue bill notices in the mail
  8. Neglected lawn care and/or exterior home maintenance
  9. Cluttered, dirty living spaces
  10. Changes in mood, behavior or personality

Should you observe any number of the items on this checklist, it may be a good time to consider a professional assessment of your loved one’s well-being and ability to remain independent as they age. With SameAddress, family members can work with trusted care professionals to establish a personal care plan that allows their loved one to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.

SameAddress offers contemporary and comprehensive lifestyle solutions for active older adults who live at home. SameAddress’ One-Source solution keeps loved ones safe, comfortable and independent at home by delivering the daily living, personal care and medical monitoring services that make life easier. Same Address is a social enterprise program of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, a trusted senior resource for over 40 years. For more information, visit click here or call1-866-SENIOR-1.