Covering the annual ‘holiday check in’ on aging relatives

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic leader on aging. Her work has appeared in, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

Photo: Frederick Dennstedt via Flickr

Photo: Frederick Dennstedt via Flickr

Family gatherings during the holidays are an ideal time for adult children to assess the well being of aging parents and other older relatives.

This is especially important for those who may visit just a few times a year, since changes in mental or physical health and safety issues in the home may be more noticeable. Holiday visits are a good time to ensure that aging parents can still care for themselves.

Get tips on covering this annual story: what families should look for, questions to ask and resources to consult.

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