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Covering the annual ‘holiday check in’ on aging relatives

Family gatherings during the holidays are an ideal time for adult children to assess the wellbeing 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.

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is also an optimal time for journalists to cover these issues. Media from Maine to Rochester to Chicago report annually on how to take advantage of family visits to look for signs that aging parents may need help. It is a story which bears repeating – because this year might just be the year of a significant change.

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