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As we enter into the Thanksgiving and holiday seasons, pay closer attention to your older loved one and notice if there have been any changes since you last saw him/ her. If you are concerned about their well-being, trust your instincts. It may be time to seek out extra help.

Weight Loss:

Has your loved one lost significant weight? This could be a result of several factors including depression, forgetting to feed oneself, or unable to get out to the grocery store. Consider asking neighbors if they’ve noticed anything unusual or a break in routine.

Unclean Home/ Clutter:

Is the home as tidy as you remember it? Are things clean and put away like they usually are? Are bills and mail piling up? Are dishes cleaned and put away? Perhaps the space is too big for your loved one to manage now? Be careful if a home is too cluttered. Clutter is one of the main reasons for older adults to have falls.

Frailty:

Is it harder for your loved one to move up and down stairs, rise from a chair, or get in and out of a car? Are their hands shaking more when eating or trying to write with a pen? Perhaps their increased frailty is getting in the way with the activities of daily life (ADLs). These activities can include showering, dressing, food preparation and medication abilities. It may be the beginning signs that living alone is not a safe option for your loved one any longer.

While seeing a loved one age can be daunting and overwhelming at times. It is a good thing to notice their behaviors and to assess their situation before a crisis occurs. If you are at all concerned about your loved one’s well-being, give us a call and discuss what is going on. We would be happy to walk you through some feasible options with you. 781-686-1053.

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The holidays are a festive time with family and friends, but for some elderly people the holidays can also be a time of extreme sadness and loneliness. The memories of friends and family who have been lost can be difficult and painful. Energy levels can also decrease, and getting around becomes harder with the change in weather. Depression and feelings of helplessness increase.

It’s extremely important to give the elderly extra time and attention during this season and to make it a point to visit with and listen to them. 

Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Remind them how important they are to you and your family at holiday celebrations
  • Consider being with them as they open up their mail and receive holiday cards
  • Look into the religious organizations that your loved one is involved with and make arrangements for him/her to attend an event
  • Decorate his/her room or home to make it festive
  • Bring the holiday to them. Most assisted living/ skilled nursing homes have common rooms for small gatherings and parties
  • Prepare a special dinner for them
  • Make them feel loved. Include them in singing traditional songs, listening to music, opening presents and spending time together
Do what you can to make your elder loved one feel important and loved. It will make getting through the holiday blues so much easier and less painful. A little extra effort on your part can go a long way in making the holidays festive and joyous for everyone.

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