Holiday Fun with your Aging Loved One

By Pete Lane, 6:07 pm on

Festive lights, family members and a 30-foot tall Christmas tree… what more could you ask for? On Saturday, November 23, Centennial Center Park is going to be decked out in holiday décor for the city’s annual holiday tree lighting event. Along with being surrounded by the beautifully decorated park, attendees can expect performances by local school choral groups, a special visit from Santa and holiday goodies.

All of these events will take place from 3 pm to 6 pm and are a great excuse to get your entire family together, including any aging loved ones who might not get out as often as they used to. Socializing and being amongst caring family and friends is important for aging adults. Multiple studies have shown that maintaining a social network, especially one involving intergenerational family relationships, leads to a longer and higher quality of life for older adults.

Holiday activities like the Centennial Tree Lighting event are great opportunities to check on the health and wellness of your aging loved one. Use the holidays as a time to check in on your elderly Mom and Dad, and keep an eye out for any signs that additional assistance at home may be needed. Here are a few common age-related problems to look out for:

  • Difficulty performing routine tasks like dressing, using the restroom or eating. Not being able to complete necessary daily tasks like these could lead to mental and health problems if not dealt with, preferably by getting a reliable and trustworthy caregiver.
  • Memory loss, agitation, confusion or anger once the sun goes down. This is known as “sundowning” and is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These symptoms often get worse during the shorter winter days so it’s important to get specialized in-home Alzheimer’s care for your parent sooner rather than later.
  • Lastly, look for any physical changes. Does your aging loved one have burn marks that indicate trouble cooking? Perhaps you see more bruises and scratches which often mean they have fallen and are having trouble moving around their home on their own.

If you notice any of these warning signs while spending quality time with your aging loved one and you’re concerned about their safety, call Centennial Home Care Assistance at 303.957.3100. A Care Manager would be happy to answer any questions you may have and if you’re interested, can even set up a free in-home consultation.

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