Problems to Expect from an Aging Elderly Parent or Loved One

Family/ Parenting - Caregiving
By: snowfence    
10-Mar-2011

Introduction:As your parent or loved one ages, there will be many problems that you will encounter. Obviously, there are too many to mention. This list will cover the top five problems that you can expect from an aging, elderly parent or loved one.

  • 01

    Driving

    You will notice many things happening as your parent or loved one ages. One thing to expect is their ability to drive. Your parent who has spent much of their life driving to your home will suddenly begin forgetting how to drive home. Chances are great that they will eventually start calling you from their car on their way home to ask you for directions.

    Your elderly parent or loved one should be able to take this pretty well. Most likely, they will call you with a mix of both fear and laughter while explaining to you that they are lost and they have no idea how to get home.

    It is important to be expecting this problem to arise. There comes a time when you will need to start picking them up and driving them home instead.

  • 02

    Phone

    You will begin noticing that your aging parent or loved one can no longer recognize their phone even when it is ringing. Many times this is very upsetting to them. They know that it is ringing, yet they have no idea how to answer their 'remote'.

    Your aging, elderly parent or loved one will start believing that their phone is their remote. They will be quite irritated when it does not work any longer, and they will want you to fix it.

    While trying to change their TV channels and pushing all the buttons on their phones, your aging parent will begin calling people, even strangers, by accident and unknowingly hanging up on these people.

    Your aging parent will begin receiving calls from those who are wondering why your parent has called them, and your parent will angrily deny having called these people.

  • 03

    Remote

    On the other hand, your aging parent will no longer be able to use their remotes for various gadgets. They will be consistently trying to call people with their remotes. Your aging parent or loved one will be quite aggravated that nobody will ever answer when they call them.

    Your elderly parent will no longer be able to master these simple tasks of actually using their remote to change channels, adjust the volume, or even turn their TV off and on.

    At times they may understand which is which, however, your aging parent will then be holding them upside down rendering them still unusable. Labeling these items usually does not help. They will be needing supervision for even the simplest things.

  • 04

    Falling

    Falls can be extremely dangerous for anyone and especially for the elderly. As your parent or loved one ages, their bones become quite brittle and breakage occurs very easily. Even a simple fall can mean broken bones.

    Falls are very common among the elderly. They usually handle this well. You may suddenly find your aging parent or loved one laying on the floor laughing about how they have fallen and cannot get up.

    Most often, these falls do not really bother them at all. Your aging parent or loved one will just lay there and wait patiently for your help. Do not be afraid if you find your aging parent or loved one lying on the floor sleeping. Once fallen, they may just decide to nap while awaiting your help in getting back up.

  • 05

    Friends and Family

    It becomes extremely difficult for aging parents to continue paying their own bills. They find it hard to even remember what day, month, or even what year it is. You will need to check up on this for them before they end up in the hole with all of their bills.

    When it comes to forgetting, realize that it is nothing against you personally, but your aging parent may start forgetting who people are whether they are family or friends.

    Be aware of these problems to expect with your aging parent or loved one. If you happen to start noticing any of them, it may be wise to bring them into your own home to live with you. Aging parents are often very thankful for this loving gesture.





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  • clewand550 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Excellent list of 5 and very true. I'm sure it is hard for the elderly to realize some of these changes. Well done list of 5.

  • hummingbirdee 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    Your list on things to expect while aging is so true. I have written many articles and lists on the subject after dealing with senior parents. It is kind of hard to see some of these things happen.

  • goodselfme 3/10/2011 Flag This Comment

    With age comes declining mental functioning at various ages. I have always had a problem with electronics long before I reached my 50's. I have a good mind otherwise, but will keep an eye out for these problem things you mention.thank you for the heads up.

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