A timely AARP article emphasizes the importance of taking time to witness how one’s older relatives are doing, even if they say they are OK. It gives important tips as to what to look for: their home, ability to drive, finances, and overall health.
As our loved ones get older, updates need to be made to assist them through the aging process. Being a proactive family member or friend, taking it upon yourself to help before a crisis occurs can mean a smoother sailing through those years both for them and for you. Being an advocate for their health and overall well-being can make a significant difference in their lives.
If you have concerns about a loved one’s health or living situation, there are people you can turn to for help. Health Advocates can assist in a myriad of ways by: assessing situations in your loved one’s home, creating a plan in case of an emergency, following-up routinely assuring that their safety and health concerns are a top priority, especially if you are far away and unable to physically be present to help. You may identify a health advocate in their geographic area through the WASHAA Health Advocates Directory in WA State and through the NAHAC, PPAI and AdvoConnecton National Directories.
Take the time this holiday season to have a meaningful discussion with those you love about their needs with daily activities and their health. You will be glad you did!