When not participating in a conversation is a sign of trouble.
Look for clues that can indicate problems
Have you ever noticed an older adult that was always engaged in conversation with a group of people and either suddenly or gradually they sit like a wallflower? This could indicate problems. Here are some possible causes:
1. Hearing problems. It is probably time to visit an audiologist.
2. Dementia. Not being able to follow a conversation could be a sign of early dementia. Visit your doctor.
3. Depression. Depression in the elderly is more common than you think. Don't ignore it.
4. Drug interaction. A new medicine may be causing side effects. Check with your doctor.
5. Lack of sleep. New medicines or a health condition can cause lack of sleep. Even if the person is sleeping eight hours, it doesn't mean that sleep is restorative.
Communication with the older adult and then consulting a health professional is important. Lack of participation in conversation is a symptom of something else. Don't ignore the signs.