Letter: Holidays and aging relatives

The holiday season is in full swing.

For many families, this is the time of year they see relatives they don’t see on a daily basis. Take advantage of this opportunity to take a closer look at how your aging loved ones are doing at home.

You may notice that a loved one needs some extra support or care in order to maintain their safety. Perhaps they don’t seem to bathe as often as usual, or clothes seem dirty or disheveled. Maybe you take a moment to notice that the refrigerator and pantry don’t have the basics. Or that mail is piling up in a corner of the house and trash is filling the garage.

Changes often happen slowly and subtly over time. And for many of us, it is difficult to see problems in the ones we love, especially our parents. But don’t let that stop you from taking a good look around. The conversations you have as a result may be some of the most important you will ever have with your family. Do not wait for something bad to happen before discussing care options with your family. Often, having this discussion and formulating a game plan will prevent a tragedy.

There are a myriad of senior care and support agencies in our area that are available for families to choose from. They will be happy to help you choose the best type of senior care for your loved one so you’ll have many more happy holidays to celebrate together.

Amanda Rosier Baker
Marketing director,
Oak Springs of Warrenton

PS: Baker is also a member of Aging Together, the community partnership taking action now to improve quality of life for the growing population of older adults. Join Aging Together of Rappahannock at their monthly meetings the fourth Thursday of each month, 2:30 pm at the Rappahannock Library. For more information, call 540-829-6405, email info@agingtogether.org or visit agingtogether.org.

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