If you have observed two or more of the following characteristics, you may need to seek professional advice for your older loved one.

Daily Living Signs

  • Difficulty cooking, eating, or using appliances safely
  • Less frequent or poor house cleaning
  • Trouble grocery shopping
  • Difficulty bathing
  • Poor mobility
  • Needs help dressing
  • Cannot drive a car or use public transportation safely
  • Check the automobile for any new dents or fresh paint from a repair

Behavioral Signs

  • Aggressiveness or abusiveness
  • Isolation
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Neglected appearance
  • Lethargy or apathy
  • Any other drastic change in routine

Cognitive/ Orientation Signs

  • Memory lapses
  • Impaired thinking
  • Impaired communication (verbal or written)
  • Unaware of person, place, and time
  • Inability to account for time

Physical Signs

  • Recent health problems
  • Serious side effects from medications
  • Loss of vision or hearing
  • Repeated falls
  • Neglected hygiene
  • Incontinence)

Financial Signs

  • Not paying bills on time
  • Not able to account for spending
  • Unable to balance check book