Seniors Home Alone

by Lois Etienne on September 28, 2011

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Senior Health and Safety

Nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to stay in their home. Doing so gives them a wonderful sense of continued independence.

But having mom or dad live alone can be a source of worry for their adult children. The, “What if?” scenarios can often overwhelm the mind. “What if she falls down?” “What if he forgets something on the stove?” “What if she doesn’t tell me it’s getting harder for her to get around?”

If you feel like this, you’re not alone. In 2007 the AARP surveyed boomer women and found that two-thirds are concerned about their parents’ ability to live independently. And the truth is that the conditions of aging can leave seniors at risk in their own homes. That’s why family caregivers should know the signs that their loved one might be needing help at home. The following link has a checklist from the Home Instead Senior Care® network that reveals what family caregivers should look for when they are in a senior’s home.

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