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It's during a visit home for the holidays that many people first realize a parent may need help to continue living at home. What should you be looking for? This section includes a holiday checklist to help you analyze the situation and keep your loved one healthy and safe.

A Celebration for All Ages

If you're already caring for an aging relative, finding ways to celebrate special occasions while dealing with health issues can be challenging, especially for those who are homebound. We've gathered ideas for making a meal special, creating a festive mood and surprising your family member with entertainment or a customized gift. And speaking of gifts, we've shared articles listing popular, affordable gifts found on seniors' wish lists, as well as practical suggestions appropriate in today's budget-conscious economy.

The Gift of Time

Staying active is vital, and during the holidays it's especially important to prevent isolation. Keep reading for ideas for outings, get-togethers and activities that offer the most treasured gift—your companionship.

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How Caregivers can Handle Holiday Stress - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (5 of 5)

Caring for a senior loved one can make the holidays more stressful for the caregiver. Mary Alexander from Home Instead offers a variety of tips to avoid and counter stress throughout the holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (2 of 5)

Intangible gifts, such as your time, can be very meaningful to seniors who have less of a need for more possessions.

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Make the Holidays Merry for Seniors - What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (3 of 5)

Simple things can make the holidays more enjoyable for seniors.

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Holiday Ideas for Seniors with Diminished Senses - What Seniors Want for the Holidays (4 of 5)

In this video, Mary Alexander from Home Instead offers holiday ideas for seniors with diminished senses. Engaging the other, non-diminished senses is key to increasing their enjoyment of the season.

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What Seniors Need/Want for the Holidays (1 of 5)

Holiday shopping for seniors can appear daunting because they usually appear to have everything they need. However, the intangible gifts can mean more to your senior than another gadget or pair of slippers.

Survive (and Enjoy!) the Holidays with Home Care Help

Juggling the responsibilities of work, family and caring for an aging loved one is hectic enough as it is. Add to that all the extra to-dos of the holiday season and you may come to realize something has got to give. Taking advantage of professional senior home care services can make it possible for you to preserve your sanity during the holidays.

Move Over Fruitcake, Here are Some Holiday Gift Options That Are Sure to Please Seniors

Instead of giving Grandma another blanket or pair of socks this year, give her what she really wants: your time and attention. You may not be able to add these 10 gift ideas to a shopping list, but you can bet they’re on your loved one’s wish list.

Holiday Stress Busters for Family Caregivers

The holidays create a lot of extra to-dos and stress for many people caring for aging loved ones. Instead of letting that stress ruin a time meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, try these stress-busting tips from professionals at the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging.

10 Ways to Keep Holiday Traditions Senior-Friendly

Seniors may experience a number of limitations as they age that keep them from participating in holiday traditions like they used to. But those changes don’t need to sideline seniors for all holidays to come.

10 Ways to Bring the Holidays to the Hospital

Activity suggestions to make the holidays special for a senior loved one who can’t be home to enjoy the festivities.

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