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Check in With Aging Loved Ones During Holidays

Author: AARP Illinois

Published: 2010-12-21

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AARP is making it easier for caregivers to make sure their older loved ones are doing okay at the holidays with these tips and questions.

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Home for the Holidays? Check in With Aging Loved Ones.

With busy schedules and miles between, when is the last time your entire family was under the same roof? When is the next time it will happen again

If your family is like many American families, December brings holidays, and with those holidays, unmatched family togetherness. Aside from the traditions of foods and activities that your family already has, the holidays are a good time to engage in that other American tradition: checking in with your aging loved ones.

AARP released a list of tips and questions to simplify observing how Mom and Dad are doing. According to Caregiving in the U.S., a 2009 comprehensive report from the National Alliance on Caregiving and AARP, one in five Americans, or 43.5 million people, are caregivers for someone over the age of 50. Most caregivers think of themselves as just doing what families do for their loved ones.

In the same spirit, AARP is making it easier for America's caregivers to make sure their older loved ones are doing okay at the holidays with the following tips and questions:

Taking a Look at their Home - How to tell if their home is still appropriate

Getting Around - How to gauge their driving safety and transportation options

Health - A few key things to check

Finances - How to get ready to help

Your turn!

And with the New Year, it could be wise to take this opportunity to make a resolution to plan for your own future. Here's help: Please visit for more information on caring for your aging parents.

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