Everyone has little quirks and odd things that they like to do. They keep other people on their toes, especially if your aging adult is still on the spry side. But some of these quirks could be a sign that your elderly family member is having some problems and could use a helping hand. Here are a few things to look out for.
1. Multiple Items or Subscriptions to Magazines.
Sometimes people like to buy more than one item in order to have a backup. But if your elderly family member is buying multiple items that she really doesn’t need, that can be a big red flag. One particularly telling example is if your loved one is subscribed multiple times to her favorite magazine or newspaper. It’s even more important to get a handle on this if she’s doing it with multiple publications.
2. Way More Contest or Lottery Entries than Normal.
Lots of people love to enter contests or buy the odd lottery ticket now and again. If your elderly family member is entering lots of different contests or is buying a ton of lottery tickets, you may be facing someone who has developed a gambling addiction. It’s very possible to get help for your senior family member, but you have to know that there’s an issue first.
3. Unopened Boxes from Home Shopping Networks or Infomercials.
Are boxes piling up in your loved one’s home? Some senior family members like to order items from infomercials or home shopping channels, but they’re not always interested in opening whatever they receive. The packages start to pile up, taking up space and money that your elderly family member could use in better ways.
4. Problems Paying Bills.
Almost everybody has had an issue at one time or another with paying a bill or two. You might pay a bill twice or forget to pay an important bill. When this is happening more often than not for your elderly family member, it’s a sign that there are other issues. It’s important for you to lovingly get to the bottom of the problem.
If you can’t be with your elderly family member as much as you’d like to be, having senior care providers available could alert you to these types of signs. From there, you can determine the right solutions.