Getting together with loved ones during the holiday season is one of the season's great joys. But, unfortunately, too often, our visits with our elders end up being a disappointment. Why?
Many times the reason is simply poor planning. For example, we haven't talked to other family members who can share updates on their physical, cognitive, or emotional health. Or, we assume that everything is status quo without checking in first and asking questions.
Like us, elders change. The difference is that older adults with a chronic illness or cognitive changes are more likely to experience more dramatic fluctuations in their abilities.
So, preparing for a family visit is one of the essential tasks to ensure an engaging visit! Here are a few tips that will help family members and loved ones avoid a disappointing visit: