Did you notice that your parents are getting older? If so, now it is your turn to take good care of your parents and help them to live a healthy life.
However, if your parents are miles away from you, it can be difficult for you to take care.
But if you live with your parents, here are few tips that can help you to identify health problems in elderly parents and take better care of them.
- Losing weight
- Sudden numbness
- Decrease in appetite
Losing weight without any weight loss efforts can be sign of illness such as malnutrition, depression, dementia and also few serious health problems like heart failure and cancer. Don’t ignore if your elderly parent is losing weight gradually.
Even though swelling of certain body parts can be a benign thing, it can also warn you few serious health problems such as congestive heart failure. When your elderly parent is frequently complaining about swelling, don’t ignore to get right medical attention.
If you notice sudden numbness in your elderly parent, immediately take them to your regular healthcare provider. Even if there are no other serious symptoms, never ignore numbness, as it can lead to stroke.
It is quite common for your elderly parent to experience depression. As a result they may not feel like having food or can experience sudden mood changes. However, it is not advisable to ignore sudden decrease in appetite, as it can be due to various other health problems.