Noticing the following physical observations may indicate that your parent or elderly relative needs healthcare advocacy, visiting nurse services or home care assistance. If you are concerned about your parents or elderly relatives, there is likely a valid reason for your concern. These Early Warning Signs should alert you to possible problems, and identifying a problem is the first step to solving it.

Nutrition and Weight:

  • Has lost or gained a significant amount of weight
  • Clothing is too big, loose and baggy
  • Clothing is too tight
  • Face is drawn or hollow looking
  • The elder ‘forgets’ to eat or has a poor appetite
  • The elder can no longer remember how to prepare food or cook
  • The elder has lost a partner who was the key meal planner and preparer
  • There is little or no food in the refrigerator or pantry
  • The elder experiences chronic pain and limits mobility
  • The elder has difficulty getting around the house and kitchen
  • The elder has difficulty getting to the store, shopping, meal planning
  • There is weight loss despite a good appetite and ample food available
  • Weight loss or gain is rapid and unexpected
  • The elder has new or changed swelling or fluid retention
  • The elder has more frequent falls
  • The elder has more frequent urinary tract infections
  • The elder has challenges with constipation, indigestion, GERD, heartburn
  • The elder has repeat visits to the emergency department for dehydration

Since Matrix AdvoCare Network has been in business for over 25 years we have expertise in working with clients who have nutrition and weight needs.  For more information on nutrition and the elderly please also see our archived newsletter, “Nutrition and Aging: Poor Nutrition in a Land of Plenty” or visit our website at