How to Know When Mom or Dad Need Long-term Care

How to Know When Mom or Dad Need Long-term Care

(ARA)- With the U.S. population of people age 65 years and older expected to increase threefold within the next 20 years, long-term care is a decision many will be faced with.
Janet Louise Gibson faced this decision as her mother, Marjorie, suffered from a terminal disease. Unable to find a single source to guide her through the ordeal, Gibson compiled a book that would help other boomers facing the painful emotional and financial decisions around finding long-term care for an aging parent or loved one.
Gibson shares some signs that your loved one may require care from her new book, "The Complete Guide to Senior Care."
* Your loved one has had a stroke or heart attack, has fallen, been severely injured or has been diagnosed with a fatal disease.
* Sudden or dramatic weight loss.
* Memory lapses, decreased judgment or increased forgetfulness.
* Difficulty in taking medications or remembering to take medications.
* Unexplained bruising.
* Withdrawal from social activities.
If you recognize any of these symptoms in your aging parent or loved one, Gibson recommends taking these steps:
* Start by speaking with your loved one. Ask questions to help assess the situation.
* Speak with your family.
* Consult with your loved one's physicians and other legal and financial professionals.
As the caregiver for your aging parent, this is the time when you must become the advocate. For more information or to purchase a copy of "The Complete Guide to Senior Care," visit www.wiselifepress.com.