When to Look for Help
10 Warning Signs That Your Family Member May Need Help
1. Appetite – changes in eating habits, weight loss, no appetite or missed meals?
2. Personal Hygiene - wearing dirty clothes, body odor, bad breath, neglected nails and teeth, sores on the skin?
3. Living Conditions - Is their home being neglected, or not as clean/ sanitary as you remember growing up?
4. Social Behavior – does the person exhibit inappropriate behavior by being unusually loud or quiet, paranoid, agitated, making phone calls at all hours?
5. Relationships - have friends and neighbors have expressed concerns over changes in relationship patterns?
6. Physical Signs - burns or injury marks resulting from general weakness, forgetfulness, or possible misuse of alcohol or prescribed medications?
7. Lack of Interest in Favorite Activities – has the person stopped participating in activities that were previously important to them such as bridge or a book club, dining with friends, or attending religious services?
8. Mental State - Shown signs of forgetfulness resulting in unopened mail, piling newspapers, not filling their prescriptions, or missed appointments?
9. Financial – is the person not paying bills, losing money, paying bills twice or more, or hiding money?
10. Spending Habits – has the person made unusual purchases such as buying more than one magazine subscription of the same magazine, entered an unusual amount of contests, increased usage of purchasing from television advertisements?