Mother’s Day, Father’s Day Offer Opportunities to Assess Senior Health

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day offer opportunities to assess older adults’ physical and mental wellness, according to Pat O'Dea-Evans of A Silver Connection, a free Chicago area referral service for seniors who are contemplating a transition from one home to another.

More than 60 percent of individuals age 80 and older need some level of assistance. While asking for help may not be easy at first, many seniors welcome it, as it can help them stay healthier longer and improve their quality of life.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are occasions when many people spend time with older parents, grandparents and other senior loved ones. In addition to sharing time as a family, the holidays also offer opportunities to assess older adults’ physical and mental wellness, according to Pat O'Dea-Evans, RN and geriatric care manager who co-owns A Silver Connection (http://www.asilverconnection.com), a free Chicago area referral service for seniors who are contemplating a transition from one home to another.

“As you celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, take some time to observe how your parents and other older relatives are doing living on their own,” she advises. “More than 60 percent of individuals age 80 and older need some level of assistance. While asking for help may not be easy at first, many seniors welcome it, as it can help them stay healthier longer and improve their quality of life.”

A Silver Connection offers the following checklist to help identify specific care needs:

  • Medical concerns: Does the senior have a health condition that requires frequent monitoring? Are they showing signs of short-term memory loss or confusion?
  • Lifestyle changes: Is there a change in the older adult’s appearance and personal hygiene? Has their home started to look cluttered or dirty? Is it difficult for them to prepare their own meals or go grocery shopping?
  • Financial responsibility: Are credit cards being misused? Are they paying their bills on time? Is unopened mail piling up?
  • Safety issues: Has the individual’s driving ability deteriorated? Are they making unnecessary or increased calls to 911? Do they express concern about being home alone?

If the answer to one or more of these questions is “yes,” it may be time to consider assisted living options, says O’Dea-Evans. “Eldercare referral services can work with the senior and his or family to identify the best options. They can help establish long-term lifestyle goals, then identify the ideal assisted living, retirement community, or nursing home that best fits the individual’s budget. They can even assist with the transition from one home to another.”

“Don’t wait until a crisis occurs with a loved one to look for housing alternatives,” she urges. “There are more options, and it’s easier to make the transition, if you plan ahead.”

In addition to housing assistance, O’Dea-Evans’ company also help seniors and their families find experienced real estate agents, attorneys, financial advisors and relocation specialists. Company experts can also help clients identify and tap into personal and government financial resources to get the care they need, once they move. Learn more at http://www.asilverconnection.com or by calling 866.421.8266.

About A Silver Connection
A Silver Connection is a free eldercare resource and referral service operating throughout the Chicago area for seniors, their families and professionals who help older adults. It specializes in senior housing and care options, including retirement communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, supportive living, skilled nursing, and in-home care.

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