Watching your parents begin to age is a tough spot for most anyone. Of course you just want them to stay young and healthy as long as possible. But there comes a time when you need to tell the normal signs of aging apart from potential problems. But as it turns out, the subtle behavioral changes in your aging parents that could be a health red flag are not that difficult to spot. In fact, sometimes even minor changes can say so much about your parents' condition.
It's a tough situation to face, but catching these symptoms early may be helpful for both you and your parent. "It’s important that people don’t ignore these signs, and see their doctor," says Ruth Drew of the Alzheimer’s Association. "While Alzheimer’s can be a devastating diagnosis, there are many benefits to early detection, or, these may be symptoms of a treatable condition." Some of these signs could signify any number of conditions, so a doctor's visit is a must.
Again, it can be a scary situation, but you're definitely not alone. Romper reached out to many experts in senior care for advice. Honestly, I'm impressed and humbled by the number of people in this important field who took the time to respond to this piece. Here's their advice for potential warning signs.