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8 warning signs your older parents may need help with their finances…

December 30th, 2015 No Comments

8 Warning Signs Your Older Parents Need Help With Their Finances

If you’re like many baby boomers who are concerned about their senior parents’ financial situation, you’re not alone. Would you recognize warning signs that they may need some help handling their money? Below is a list of 8 signs that may warn you of their need for some extra help:

  • 1. Do you see mail unopened accumulating?
  • 2. Are they becoming forgetful with cash?
  • 3. Are they receiving calls from creditors?
  • 4. Do they bring home expensive purchases?
  • 5. Are their gambling habits becoming excessive?
  • 6. Have they become victims of financial scams?
  • 7. Do they complain about how much everything costs?
  • 8. Are they physically unable to pay their bills?

If your parents are showing any of these 8 signs, you may need to intercede. Have a conversation with them and express your concerns. Having a neutral third party may make the conversation easier.

How to help seniors enjoy the holiday season: read these 6 great tips…

December 24th, 2014 No Comments

6 Great Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays

Older adults have special challenges during the holiday season–the holidays can be an emotional drain as well as a physical drain. Depression, confusion, and stress can come calling. Below are some tips on how to help seniors through this potentially tough time.

  • Reminisce: Get out the photo album, listen to old records, watch family movies, tell some stories of holidays past. Sharing memories can be powerful for the aging adult.
  • Plan for Alone Time: Set aside a room or area in which the senior can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the family.
  • Include the Elder: Try to include the senior in as many family activities as they can handle, such as setting out flatware, folding napkins, and other helpful tasks. This will give them a sense of purpose.
  • Connect: Since loneliness can cause depression, it’s very important for seniors to connect with others during the holiday season. Go out of your way to visit and talk with older people in your life.
  • Get Some Sun: To avoid seasonal affective disorder (SAD), increase seniors’ exposure to outside light.
  • Make New Memories: Older adults love having something to look forward to, so plan to make some new memories with them.

For more holiday tips, visit our resource page on Stress-Free Holidays.