Survey Identifies Top Signs that a Senior Needs Help

             Survey Identifies Top Signs that a Senior Needs Help

Years Ahead Helps Families Understand the Warning Signs This Holiday Season

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Many adults are now facing the
challenge of becoming caregivers for their parents, a role reversal sparked by
the aging population in America. While there is help available, many Baby
Boomers are overwhelmed being asked to make important care decisions or aren't
certain on how to approach the issue. A recent survey showed that almost half
(46 percent) of those who have responsibility for helping a parent select
senior care have already seen signs that they need help ranging from
forgetfulness/memory loss (63 percent) to disheveled/unkempt appearance (17


According to the Years Ahead survey, the following are the most common early
indicators that an aging loved one needs care:

  oForgetting things/short-term memory loss   63%
  oLoss of balance/falling                    46%
  oChallenges driving                        33%
  oTrouble making it to the toilet            21%
  oDisheveled/unkempt appearance             17%
  oMessy, cluttered house                    17%
  oSudden weight loss                        10%

Yet, almost a third (31 percent) of those who have seen signs of concern have
not raised the issue of senior care with their parents because they don't know
how to initiate the conversation.

To help navigate the daunting process of finding the right care for aging
loved ones and to provide the resources needed for kick starting this
important conversation, senior care experts at have created
helpful reference materials that can be found at,
which include talking points for starting the senior care conversation,
resources on ways to pay for care, and a unique personalized assessment tool
to help Boomers and anyone caring for a senior in their life identify the
right level of help their loved ones need. Within the survey, more than 70
percent of respondents indicated that talking about the issue as a family is
appropriate. The online tools are designed to facilitate care discussions and
improve the outcomes for seniors finding housing that meet their specific
needs and goals.

"Our mission is to support families navigating the difficult and often
complicated process of finding senior care by educating them on their options
and connecting them locally with high-quality care providers that best match
their needs," said Melissa Marchwick, General Manager of Years Ahead. "Even
those that recognize common symptoms in aging are often not sure how to broach
the topic with the person in need of care, so having these discussions now as
a family before care is essential is a great approach."

While planning ahead is ideal, many times the need for care arises out of a
crisis: mom or dad has been hospitalized or diagnosed with a serious health
condition. These situations often force families to take the plunge into the
confusing, complex maze of senior care without the knowledge or tools they
need to have important care discussions or find the most suitable option for
their aging parents. In the Years Ahead care survey, 50 percent of those that
know they will be responsible for finding care for their parents have not yet
discussed their parents' wishes.

To learn more about Years Ahead please visit or call

About Years Ahead™
Years Ahead is the nation's most comprehensive online resource to help guide
families through the process of finding right senior care solution. The site
not only educates family members on the care options available, but connects
them with more than 34,000 high-quality, in-home and facility-based care
providers across the nation that best match their loved one's care needs. To
help families determine the right care solution, Years Ahead worked with the
University of South Florida's Department on Aging to develop the site's
state-of-the-art "Guide Me" needs assessment tool which, through a series of
questions, determines where an aging loved one falls on its five-point
independence scale. Once an assessment is completed, Years Ahead provides a
detailed description of the loved one's personal independence level and
connects the family with local care options that cater to those specific
needs. For more information, visit or call 877-719-3056.

About Sittercity®
Sittercity, founded in 2001, is America's largest and most trusted online
solution for connecting families with high-quality, local caregivers,
including babysitters, nannies, tutors, elder care providers, pet sitters, and
housekeepers. With over 2 million members nationwide, Sittercity connects
families with pre-screened caregivers by providing detailed profiles with
photos, parent reviews, background checks, up-to-date availability, references
and caregiving experience. In fact, every 30 seconds Sittercity connects a
family with the local caregiver that meets its unique needs. As the Department
of Defense's solution of choice, military families in all four branches (Army,
Marines, Navy and Air Force) have access to Sittercity funded through an
exclusive Department of Defense contract. Many other leading employers
provide Sittercity's Corporate Program as an employee benefit including
UnitedHealth Group, MasterCard, Northwestern University, Avon and Children's
Medical Center of Dallas.

Media Contact:
Meghan Roman

SOURCE Years Ahead

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