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3 Things to do While Visiting Aging Parents for the Holidays


Take advantage of your holiday visit to check on older adults


During the holidays, many people will be visiting aging parents or relatives.

That makes it a perfect opportunity to observe them in their “natural habitat” – you’ll get to see how they’re really doing.


This year, use some of your time at home to do 3 things: make sure your older adults are doing well, make simple home safety updates, and start important conversations about the future.


We share tips that help you focus on important details that will make a big difference in the long run.


1. Discreetly check on independent seniors


If your parents or relatives are living independently, the holidays are a great time to discreetly check on them.


By doing this every year and keeping notes, you’ll be able to spot changes more easily in the future.


2. Spend an afternoon on home safety updates


While you’re visiting, you might have an opportunity to make a few simple safety updates.


These easy fixes don’t take much time and will help older adults avoid common accidents so they can stay independent longer.


Try these:

  • Quick fixes for bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen

  • More quick fixes for the kitchen and around the house

  • If their bathmats are slippery (a real hazard!), replace them with these stylish low-profile, non-slip mats


3. Start meaningful conversations about the future


When the family gets together over the holidays, it’s a good opportunity for meaningful conversations.


If you haven’t already started talking about aging and plans for the future, consider bringing up the subject at a strategic time.


You might be surprised – many parents appreciate having these conversations and will be grateful that you brought it up. Keep a few of the conversation starters in mind to make it easier to get the ball rolling.

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