Cheer Plan For Managing the Holidays With Aging Parents

home for the holidaysAs you visit with family over the winter holiday season, be sure to check up on how your elderly loved ones are faring. The below article offers great tips on what to look for and address. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare. We provide medical care management, home care management, life transition care management, and life care planning for area seniors throughout South Florida. 

The fall and winter holidays mean different things to different people, but for most of us, from evangelist to agnostic, they are very much about family.

We’re likely to see our aging parents and relatives over the holidays, and if our parents are lonely, or beginning to have trouble living independently, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time. If we approach this time with our parents with both a positive and proactive attitude, we can make our visit joyful for all.


The CHEER plan stands for:

  • Check
  • Help
  • Empower
  • Enjoy
  • Reminisce

1. CHECK on your older loved one’s well-being.

Especially if you haven’t visited in a while. When we see someone every day, we may not notice health changes because they happen gradually. On the other hand, when we visit seniors whom we haven’t seen in a while, it may be starkly obvious that they need help. If you’re visiting your parents in their home, check their refrigerator and pantry to make sure they’re eating fresh, healthy food. Survey the overall safety of their home, assuring that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have batteries, and that the rooms don’t have fall hazards. Even if you don’t visit your older loved one’s home, you can watch for health issues involving chewing and swallowing, mobility and gait, mental clarity and vision. In a Huffington Post article, A Place for Mom’s CEO, Sean Kell, outlines more advice about how to take stock of a loved one’s health and well-being over the holidays.

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