For most of us, Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the holiday season. It’s a time when eating – or overeating! ­­– lots of great food is encouraged, reconnecting with friends and relatives erases the distance we travel for work or school, and for sports fans, there’s non-stop football virtually all weekend.

Just the very thought of Thanksgiving reawakens vivid memories of home:  the seductive aroma of a roasting turkey, the spicy air of home-baked pies and the easy camaraderie of friends and relatives.  

But those warm fuzzy memories may be shattered when you discover that Mom, Dad or Aunt Margaret just isn’t quite the same. This may be especially obvious if your visit is only a yearly, or semi-yearly, pilgrimage.

3 Easy-To-Recognize Clues That Your Loved One Has Changed:

 -- Poor Personal Hygiene – perhaps the most obvious sign of decline. Watch for signs such as unwashed hair, soiled clothing, or untreated injuries like scrapes, bumps or bruises.

-- Compromised Physical Mobility – another fairly obvious sign. Watch for signs such as an abnormally slow gait, shuffling their feet when they walk even in sturdy shoes, and injuries that may be the result of a slip, trip or fall accident.

-- Memory Loss – often more than just “forgetfulness.” Watch for signs such as stacks of unpaid bills, lost or missing personal possessions like keys or purses, or the inability to recognize familiar people or places.

When It’s Time To Ask For Help…

If given a choice, most seniors would choose to stay in their own home as long as possible. The key to helping them age in place is making sure they are safe and well cared-for, both physically and emotionally.

That’s where Senior Helpers of the Lehigh Valley can lend a helping hand. When you can’t be there, we can be your “eyes” and “ears” and help you manage the day-to-day changes that often accompany aging. We offer a services that range from companion care and light housekeeping to advanced Alzheimer’s/dementia care. Contact us today at



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