Be sure to spend time with seniors this holiday season


December 13, 2010

Christmas is all about family and that means adult children may want to make time in their schedule to visit an older parent. If it's not possible to spend the holiday with Mom or Dad, one should instead arrange a visit that helps older adults prepare for the occasion, according to Alexandria Echo Press.

Many seniors will need assistance decorating their home or putting up a Christmas tree. By helping them with this task, children can spend time with their parents and make sure that they're safe during the holiday season.

If a parent does visit the home, involve him or her in the cooking process. Sharing recipes can be a great way to spend time together. Additionally, going Christmas shopping with an older adult can be a fun activity and also be helpful for a senior who may not know what gifts to give the family. reports that the holidays are also a good time to assess a senior's health and make sure that they are still able to live independently. One can also ensure an older adult's safety by installing a senior alert system, which allows users to send a medical alert to family or doctors in the case of an emergency.