Warning Signs That Care at Home May Be Needed
Sometimes the fear of losing independence can make a frail senior try to hide signs that help is needed. Families can also be in denial that their loved ones require more assistance. If you would like to explore whether or not it is time for home care, contact Independence-4-Seniors in the DuPage county area for an in-home assessment.
Downloadable Tools and Tips:
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- Sensitive Solutions to Help with Hoarding
- Warning Signs that Care is Needed
- Tips to Protect Against Elder Fraud
Click the links below to access resource Web sites to find out more about the warning signs that care at home may be needed.
Recognizing Health Warning Signs in the Elderly
These tips can help monitor some key health areas that are often missed when working with the elderly.
Financial Warning Signs
Eight warning signs that the financial situation for an elderly person may be off track are outlined here.
10 Signs of Alzheimer’s
The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, along with the differences between Alzheimer’s and typical age-related changes, are outlined here, courtesy of Alzheimer’s Association.
National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” interviewed Randy Frost and Gail Steketee, the writers of “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”. This link allows you to listen to the informative interview.
Just Say NO to Senior Scams
Consumer Action offers some tips on guarding against elder financial abuse. A great list of resources and additional links are also included here.
How to Reduce Junk Mail
41Pounds is a non-profit organization that helps reduce junk mail by contacting several direct mail companies on the consumer’s behalf. Especially useful for cutting down on sweepstakes entry forms or mail scams. Note there is a small charge for this service- $41 for 5 years of coverage, plus they donate $15 to a non-profit selected by the person signing up.
National Do Not Call Registry
Anyone who wishes to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls can register their phone number with this Web site.
Fraud Center Resources
The National Consumer League’s Fraud Center provides information on fraud targeted directly to the elderly.
Top Frauds of 2011
Learn about the top 10 scams of 2011 in this report provided by the National Consumers League.
Preventing Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (a division of the Administration on Aging) Web site offers downloadable fact sheets, resources, answers to questions related to elder abuse, and more.