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Family Time During Holidays Excellent for Checking Parent’s Health

Posted Dec 05 2012 12:00am

Traditionally, during this season of holidays, families gather together to celebrate. Often, for adult children, the setting of the celebration is their childhood home where their parent or parents still live. For some families, this is the only time that adult siblings are together in the company of their aging parents, so these gatherings provide a perfect time to evaluate your parent’s current health and think about future needs.

With this in mind, be careful not to descend upon your elders as a group of do-gooders who’ve decided that their parents are getting too old to make their own decisions. This approach will only backfire. However, siblings chatting amongst themselves prior to the visit can alert everyone to be aware of changes in their elders that may signal a need for help.

Read more about gathering as a family to assess your parents care needs:

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