Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays

Most older adults want to “age in place,” and as family caregivers, we want that for them as well — as long as it remains safe for them to do so. As we gather with family during the holidays, this time of year offers an opportunity to assess how our aging loved ones are doing in their homes, and offer help or assistance if needed.

The excellent caregiving website Daily Caring recently posted an article on the “3 Things to Do While Visiting Aging Parents for the Holidays,” which also included a handy checklist for family members to use while visiting. We wanted to share that checklist, along with their “3 Things” to consider during family visits:

  1. make sure your older adults are doing well,
  2. make simple home safety updates, and
  3. start important conversations about the future.

These suggestions offer an opportunity to discreetly “check up” on your older family members, offer ways to help them stay safe in their home, and start the conversation about their personal wishes as they age. The article even offers a link for tips to prepare for a successful conversation,¬†and a few conversation starters, to make it easier to get the ball rolling.

The AGE of Central Texas Resource & Information Center also offers FREE personalized one-on-one assistance for both older adults and family caregivers, where ever you are in the aging journey, to help make the process easier and more successful. You can call the Center at (512) 600-9275 or email

Our website also features a plethora of resources and videos for both older adults and family caregivers on a wide range of topics.

Take advantage of this holiday season to help your aging loved ones continue to age in place, and start the conversations for future plans.

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