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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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Young man talking to his grandmother.

Older Adults Savor Gift-Wrapped Companionship

The special gift of a person’s time might be the most precious present that a senior loved one can receive during the holidays.

Observing Special Days Difficult for Surviving Family

The unpredictability of life can leave seniors reeling. When sudden loss occurs, make sure there’s support and encouragement for those left behind.

Family preparing table for holiday dinner

Begin Senior Holiday Celebrations with Planning

For families whose senior loved ones struggle with afflictions, holidays can be challenging times. But, with a little planning and support, the festivities can still be special. Setting realistic expectations is a key to eliminating stress.

Thanksgiving turkey

Holiday 911 for Family Caregivers

It’s time to talk turkey with an expert and whip up a meal that your senior loved ones will treasure. And, if there’s a need for additional help, call on other family members or a CAREGiverSM from the local Home Instead®.

Senior decorating her Christmas tree with her family.Watch Video

Home for the Holidays - Family Caregiver Recorded Webinar

The holidays are a good time for family caregivers to notice signs that an older adult may need some assistance. Mary Alexander from Home Instead details those signs and offers tips to minimize holiday stress.

Senior woman doing yoga in her own home.

Help Seniors 'Shake Things Up' After the Holidays

An exercise or activity program for your senior loved one might be the right medicine to kick off the New Year. Make sure your older loved one checks first with his or her doctor, then encourage the senior in your life to take the first steps toward better health.

Happy caregiver taking time for herself.

Take Time for Yourself to Avoid Holiday Caregiver Stress

Adult children need to find ways to take a break from the rigors of caring for their senior loved ones and their own children before the burden becomes too overwhelming. One possibility is respite help from a Home Instead CAREGiverSM.

Woman baking with her elderly mother during the holidays.

Companionship an Antidote to Seniors’ Holiday Blues

Depression during the holidays is not uncommon for anyone who has lost loved ones and longs for days gone by when unique traditions, reunions and rituals were a rich part of life.

Senior man with Alzheimer's disease.

Helping Families of Seniors with Alzheimer’s Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays can be particularly stressful for families of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Look to resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the local Home Instead® office for assistance.

Romancing a Senior this Valentine's Day?

Love and the desire for romance never grow old. With a little creativity, there are ways that seniors can still celebrate special occasions such as holidays, birthdays and Valentine's Day even if they face health challenges.

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