For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 27, 2012
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Home for the Holidays in New York? It’s Prime Time for Checking on Older Relatives
AARP New York Releases List of Quick Tips & Questions to Simplify Observing How Older Relatives are Doing
NEW YORK, New York — The turkey is defrosting and family is starting to gather at the house for Thanksgiving. For many families across New York, this is the once-a-year time that they travel from across the nation and, often times, globe to be with loved ones. In addition to enjoying time with family and friends, AARP says it’s also prime time to check on older family members and relatives.
To help, today, AARP is releasing a list of tips and questions to simplify observing how Mom, Dad and other relatives are doing with everything from mobility to heath and finances.
Taking a Look at their Home – How to tell if their home is still appropriate
Are you concerned that their home may have safety hazards, such as dark stairs, loose rugs, clutter, or fire hazards? Would brighter lighting and fewer tripping hazards help? The checklists on AARP’s web site can help.
Is there a bath on the ground floor and a room that could become a bedroom if necessary?
Could simple modifications to their home, like easier to use handles and switches, pull out cabinet shelves, a comfort height toilet or walk in shower make it more convenient?
Getting Around – How to gauge their driving safety and transportation options
Look around the community or make a note to research their alternative transportation options for shopping, medical visits, religious services and visits with family and friends if they hang up the keys.
Health – A few key things to check
Has their doctor or pharmacist reviewed all of their medications for side effects and potentially dangerous interactions or effect on driving? Their pharmacist can be a great resource. www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-02-2009/ginzler_wise_use
Are they having any problems taking their medications? Do they always remember which medications to take and when? Would a pill organizer be helpful?
Make sure that they know that it is Medicare open enrollment season until December 7 and see if they need to update their coverage. See if they have any questions about Medicare or Medicaid or changes under the new health care law. Find help atwww.aarp.org/medicare.
See if they could use help with filling out forms, such as insurance claims.
Finances – How to get ready to help
Check on the condition of their mail. Are bills stacking up? Are there late notices?
Do they have any bills they can’t pay?
Please visit www.aarp.org/caregiving for more information on caring for your aging parents.
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