Holidays bring the chance to reconnect with your loved ones but it can also be a stressful time for your aging relatives. If your family will be traveling this Thanksgiving, try these simple tips to identify potential problems and solutions for your aging loved ones.
Identify potential problems: Clues around the house can provide insight to your aging parents mindset. Is their home well-kept? Is there fresh food in the refrigerator? Check to see if their medication is in order as well. If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. Concerned about their eye sight? Look over their vehicles for any dents. Don’t forget that the most important way to learn is to listen. Ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities to better understand day-to-day life.
Ease the stress: With so much holiday excitement, it can be easy to want to share it with your aging relatives. However, too much noise and activity can quickly become overbearing. Avoid the large crowds at the mall. Skip the restaurants with loud music. Even just sticking to a regular routine and sleep schedule can help them feel well-prepared for each day. If you are expecting visitors this year, set-up a private room or area if possible to help offer a quiet retreat.
Create solutions: With your new knowledge, you can now help develop solutions for your loved ones. It can be as simple helping them organize their medication or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a support system and you have a secondary contact after you return home. If you feel like the situation needs professional assistance, look into Geriatric Assessment services through your local hospital or speak with your parents’ doctor for a referral. These medical professionals are here to help you in this time of need.
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