How to identify if an aging parent needs help

How to figure out if an aging parent needs helpThe holidays are a great time to see family members who live far away, and it is also the perfect opportunity to check on how older parents are really doing. Often times, seniors do not want to move into assisted living facilities or nursing homes, and decide that they would rather lie about their current situation than move. However, there are some tell-tale signs that can alert family members that a change may need to be made in the senior's living situation, according to Rush University Medical Center.

Signals that seniors may be functioning less healthfully than they used to include unexplained weight loss, falls or accidents, forgetting food on the stove, unpaid bills, poor housekeeping and lack of social support. By simply visiting the home and asking the aging adult a couple questions, many individuals will be able to determine whether they need to step in, the media outlet reports.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to approach the topic of senior care to aging parents is to let them know how much their family loves them and ensure them that the family is looking out for their best interests.