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10 Cost-Cutting Warning Signs

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Following, from the Home Instead network and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, are ways that a downturn in the economy could impact seniors. If you're a family caregiver, ask yourself the following questions. If you're an older adult experiencing difficulties because of the economy, contact your local Area Agency on Aging or Home Instead office. Or, if you have a financial issue, contact the Garrett Planning Network.

  1. Is your senior's home too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter?
  2. Is the lawn not getting mowed nor is the sidewalk getting cleaned in inclement weather?
  3. Is your loved one complaining about not being able to afford medications?
  4. Are home repairs not getting made?
  5. Is there a shortage of food in the house?
  6. Is your senior skipping doctor's appointments?
  7. Is your older adult staying home more and becoming isolated?
  8. Is your senior cutting out entertainment?
  9. Does your loved one eat out less?
  10. Did your senior cancel a vacation?

For more information about the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, log on to or contact the organization's CEO Sandy Markwood at [email protected]. For more information about the Garrett Planning Network, visit or contact Sheryl Garrett at [email protected].

Last revised: February 10, 2011

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