Entertaining a senior for the holidays

Bryan Aldrige

December 16, 2010

When a senior citizen visits a family for the holidays, it may be difficult for some families to know what they will need to make the stay comfortable. Tampa Bay Online recently suggested some tips for those who may be hosting an older parent during the Christmas season.

First, one should offer to pick the senior up from their home. Families should encourage grandchildren with licenses to do this, as it can help them get to know their grandparent a little better.

When a senior does arrive, be sensitive to any physical issues that they may have such as hearing loss or impaired mobility.

During the meal, family members should do their best to include older adults in the conversation. Ask them to share stories about loved ones around the table and even volunteer to show them pictures on cellphones or Facebook. This can be a good way to share family history together.

Experts state that the holidays can also be a good time to assess a senior's health and whether they may need a personal emergency response system in a home. This device can allow older adults to contact family members or doctors if they require assistance.

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