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Covering the annual ‘holiday check in’ on aging relatives

Liz Seegert

About Liz Seegert

Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic editor on aging. Her work has appeared in NextAvenue.com, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News, the Connecticut Health I-Team 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.

D.C.-area members gather to celebrate holiday season

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

This is a guest post by AHCJ board member Phil Galewitz, a senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News.

The AHCJ Washington, D.C., chapter Holiday Happy Hour event on Dec. 5 was attended by about 35 health journalists and two federal health communications officials: Peter Ashkenaz of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Marty Kramer of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Guests noshed on crackers, cheese and some fine wine and craft beer on the second-floor reception area of the Kaiser Family Foundation while holiday music played in the background. There was no formal program other than an opportunity for AHCJ members – new, old and potential – to gather to cheer the holiday.

Among news outlets that were represented: Kaiser Health News, Politico, NPR, Inside Health Policy, Modern Healthcare, CQ and the Huffington Post.

Happy holidays from AHCJ

Pia Christensen

About Pia Christensen

Pia Christensen (@AHCJ_Pia) is the managing editor/online services for AHCJ. She manages the content and development of healthjournalism.org, coordinates AHCJ's social media efforts and edits and manages production of association guides, programs and newsletters.

The AHCJ offices are closed down for the holidays and will re-open on Jan. 3.

As a result, blog postings and tweets from us will be light and sporadic as we get rested up for a new year of highlighting the best work in health journalism and finding resources for our members.

Contest reminder: Get your entries for the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism in no later than Friday to qualify for the discounted entry fee. After Friday, you are still welcome to submit entries until Jan. 28, but it will cost a bit more. If you have questions about the contest rules or eligibility, please send them to contest@healthjournailsm.org. If you have questions about the submission process, you can send them to info@healthjournalism.org. Someone will check those messages once a day and get back to you.

We wish all our readers a happy holiday season and look forward to a 2011 full of health news!