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When to Seek Medical Advice for Elderly Parents

December 28, 2012

One of the most common questions asked in the geriatric industry is not how to begin care, but when to begin care. At what point do common symptoms of the everyday cold or illness begin to require more in-depth attention? When does avoiding the tough conversations with your parents about their health start to have a negative impact on their lives? The question of when to seek medical advice for elderly parents does not always have a clear answer, but we can offer a few common signals that may be signs that your parents may soon require increased medical attention.

Headaches, dizziness, nausea, and confusion are all signs of dehydration. Dehydration becomes more prevalent in seniors because of a decrease in thirst and appetite but needs to be paid attention to as your parent’s age. Increasing confusion, missed appointments, and agitation are all signs of dementia. Rapid mood swings and displaying a loss of interest in hobbies or seeing friends are also signs of dementia.

Open communication is usually the best strategy for confronting growing health concerns. Never hesitate to call your family doctor to let them know of any changes you’ve noticed in your parent’s behavior. It’s also a good idea to get a third party involved. A neighbor, friend, or a care management organization can be utilized to guarantee that your parents are taken care of when you are not available to do so.

You won’t regret taking these steps to ensure that your loved one is properly cared for. When it comes to your parent’s health, it’s never too soon to start asking questions.

Never hesitate to call your family doctor to let them know of any changes you’ve noticed in your parent’s behavior.

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