If you think your parent is as honest as Abe himself, I am sad to say this; but you are probably wrong.
Many unsuspecting children are realizing the hard way that their parents are lying to them about: taking their medications, their driving ability and having falls.
Taking medications may seem simple, but with some seniors taking upwards of 15 medications at various times each day this could easily become an overwhelming task. For many they get confused and out of embarrassment or fear that their children will think they are losing it, they simply cover it up with a little white lie.
Their little white lies could result in serious health ramifications. Can you imagine how it would impact your mom or dad if they forgot to take their Lasix or insulin?
If you are not sure if your parent's medications are being taken as prescribed by their physician, get involved. You may want to get your parent's medication list from their primary physician and setup a pill box or pill organizer. In some cases you may need to hire a private caregiver to dispense their medications or even look at finding an assisted living community for them to move to.
If you start seeing a few dings in your parent's car, you need to investigate. A parent may bump a car or two in the Wal-Mart parking lot and not report it because they know that you may attempt to take their keys away.
Finally, many parents are falling in their homes each day and keeping it to themselves. Some of them are hitting their heads and sustaining concussions, but are just shrugging off the pain and the bruises. If you notice that your parent has an unusual bruise or skin tear, always inquire about it.