No matter what age a person is, admitting you need help and asking others for assistance can be intimidating and difficult prospects to consider. As senior citizens progress through their journey into old age, they might feel resistant to seeking help in the form of senior care. However, there are certain signs that indicate when it might be time to do so. When elderly people are afraid of falling while going about their day-to-day lives, for example, it is generally a sign that they would benefit from additional help. Other signs include experiencing frequent loneliness and indecision, weight loss due to infrequent meals, and social withdrawal. Although asking for help can be scary, senior care can greatly improve a person’s quality of life during old age.
- The Congressional Budget Office wrote an article last year, noting that as many as one third of those 65 and older needed assistance with daily activities.
- A fear of falling can be a strong indication that it is time to consider asking for help, or trying assisted living.
- Sometimes, despite being lonely, seniors find it harder to leave the house, which can also be a red flag, marking the need for extra help.
“We, seniors, value independence above anything else, so much so that sometimes we find the prospect of asking for help intimidating. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you find even the most mundane tasks challenging.”