Considering Caregiving Needs at Holidays

As you gather with your family for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, remember to take time to really talk with the seniors in your family and notice if there are any changes they are experiencing as they age, and think about what you can assist them with to age well.  Remember, some age-related illnesses, if caught and treated early, can be given the proper medical attention in order to slow progression.  Take the time to think about any care needs your senior relative may need as their health conditions change.

It is sometimes easier for those who do not see their parents and grandparents often to notice changes than for those who have daily interactions with them.  Take the time to notice hearing, vision and overall appearance.  Are your elder relatives keeping up with their home maintenance as well as their own appearance?  Are they taking their medications at a regular time each day?  Are they incorporating physical exercise into their daily routine?  Are they maintaining social activities?

Healthy aging requires maintaining physcial and mental exercise and socialization, along with eating a nutritious diet.  Many seniors will find it necessary to change their lifestyle some to make sure they are keeping up with both health needs and social needs as they age.  And, sometimes, it is necessary to involve a family member or caregiving service to assist with care needs, at least part-time, as abilities change.

If you live far away from senior family members, take the time to investigate senior care options in their town when you are visiting.  Find out what quality Senior Home Care Agencies are in their area and learn about senior service programs.  Obtain names and numbers so you will be able to contact someone to assist if the need should arise.

 

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  • Elizabeth Woodington

    12/17/2008 12:28:35 AM | Reply

    I belong to a Methodist church in a rural area.  The small group I am a part of hosted a holiday luncheon for 8 older ladies who are members of our church.  Two of them are 97 and 98!  We held it at an assisted living facility bringing in holiday dishes and serving salad, soup, sandwiches and cookies and ice cream.  Each lady was given a poinsettia when they left.  In the words of one lady, "If I do not attend any other Christmas event, I will know in my heart that I have experienced Christmas!"  It is so important to bring a little Christmas cheer to older people who often are depressed during the holidays.

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