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Hosting an Elderly Person During the Holidays

This season holds excellent occasions to get together with family members, young and old. With some planning, it can be a prime time for you and your elderly loved ones. It’s one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year, but it can also bring its share of challenges.

Holidays and other events that change the daily routine may be tiring for your loved one, so make sure they have a little extra help. Consider arranging for a caregiver to help your loved one get dressed and ready in the morning and put them at ease.

Remove any hazards that could lead to trips and falls before your loved one arrives, and make sure the bathroom is easily accessible. Walkers and canes can make getting up and down from the dinner table difficult, but seating your loved one at the end of the table should give them plenty of room.

Be sure to connect with your loved one and include them in the activities and conversation. During the meal, try to bridge generation gaps by asking each other to share something, such as their proudest moment, the first president they remember, or a famous person who made the biggest impression.

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