More American seniors are living alone in their own homes; a surprising number of seniors are experiencing social isolation as well as dementia symptoms.
According to the Administration on Aging, 29% or 11.3 million older adults in 2010 are living alone. The number gets even higher for people who are more than 75 – almost half or 47% of women aged more than 75 live alone.
If you want your senior loved ones to remain safe and healthy, it’s important to ensure that their environment is appropriate for their physical needs, especially if they’re showing earlier signs of cognitive impairment.
Warning signs that an elder is no longer safe living alone include medication management issues, poor eyesight, social isolation, home safety hazards like poor lighting and loose carpeting, unable to do daily chores and housekeeping, unable to pay bills on time, poor nutrition and malnutrition, and forgetting appointments.
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