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.
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.
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 email@example.com. If you have questions about the submission process, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.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!