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-If possible, visit your older relative at his apartment or home. One’s living space is also a gauge in the progression of aging. Peek inside the refrigerator – is there expired food? Is there enough food for a few days? You may see unopened bills on the table – or overdue notices. These are also indicators that your older relative may be having difficulty keeping up with day-to-day responsibilities at home. While you are in the neighborhood knock on a neighbor’s door and ask if your older relative gets out of the house every day – or if his friends still visit from time to time. With aging comes the risk of isolation.
-If you suspect that an older relative’s health is beginning to decline, then it’s time to begin a conversation and put a plan in place to help. Have a family meeting to get everyone up to speed and on board to assist when and where necessary. There are many automated systems that can easily be put into place for online payment of utilities, phone and other regular charges. Reach out to a neighbor or community organization to check on your older relative periodically.
Starting this dialogue is also important because sometimes an older adult who may have lost some functional capacity may have unknowingly made some financial or other decisions that may not be in their best interest. Vulnerable adults are particularly susceptible to financial exploitation and other scams. If you suspect this type of elder abuse may have occurred, you may consider contacting your local precinct, 311 or calling the Weinberg Center at 800-56-SENIOR for other resources in your community.