TIPS WHEN GATHERING WITH FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The holiday season is upon us! Families will be getting together to celebrate over the next month or so. Many children may not have seen their elderly loved one for one month, two months, six months, or maybe since last year. It is easy to hide any issues that someone may have when they are just having phone conversations, but face-to-face interaction will unmask any challenges physical or cognitive that an elderly loved one may be facing.
Tips to look out for when gathering for the holidays
- Does your loved one seem unbalanced? This could lead to falls which can then lead to hospitalizations.
- Does your loved one seem to need help with more activities of daily living? (bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, medication management).
- Has your loved one isolated themselves and is not able to socialize with people of their same generation? This can lead to cognitive and physical challenges.
- Do they just seem lonely? Are they just existing and not living? There is a misperception with some generations that senior living communities are similar to a hospital setup. That couldn’t be further from the truth as senior living communities have many high end amenities such as cafes, movie theater rooms, restaurant style dining rooms, and of course the beauty shop to name a few.
- Has your loved one become more forgetful? Are they having issues remembering current events? This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one would need to be in the secure memory care environment. Dementia can be a long process. For those that move to an assisted living community earlier, while they are still functioning well cognitively should be able to function longer on the assisted living side before needing to move to memory care.
These are just a few reminders as you gather with your family and your clients. Many people don’t know where to start, but a simple 30 minute conversation with me can help people avoid a very stressful situation. My goal is for my clients to be more proactive than reactive. Unfortunately, I have helped more people this year in the reactive mode.
My goal in 2019 is to change this trend, so please be mindful when you and or your clients are getting together with family for the holidays this season.
Marc Friedlander, Certified Senior Advisor
973 650 2720, firstname.lastname@example.org