Thanksgiving Day 2021
Reunite With Seniors
Enjoy Safe Celebrations
All of us at Evans Law Firm, Inc. wish you a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for family and friends to gather together, and this year brings an opportunity to safely include older loved ones who may have been isolated last year. If you have senior loved ones showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease — or if they are beginning to lose some of their physical strength and capabilities — your traditional Thanksgiving celebration may need to be changed a bit in order to accommodate their needs. Really spend time getting to know what is going on in your senior loved one’s life. I f you suspect any problems they may be facing with a caregiver or some new stranger in their life, do something about it. We represent victims of any kind of elder abuse and we can help. Our number is (415)441-8669, or toll-free number at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267). We pursue all persons responsible for a senior’s injury.
Below, we share a tips for making Thanksgiving joyful when celebrating with older loved ones. Remember what the day is all about—giving thanks for the special loved ones in your life.
Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving With Your Elderly Loved Ones
- Discover ways to include older relatives in festivities, by modifying the celebration! For example; for those who have more difficulty getting around, consider hiring a service to transport and assist getting your loved one to a family event.
- If your loved one is unable to come to your celebration, consider bringing a small celebration to your loved one’s nursing home or assisted living facility (perhaps enjoy the facility’s holiday meal together by bringing a special family recipe to share with the senior community.)
- Simplify routines and modify traditions to reduce stress and accommodate those relatives with special physical needs.
- Be conscious of potential difficulties with a holiday if your loved one has any physical or mental limitations. Would your loved one living with dementia be overwhelmed and anxious at the large gathering? If so, plan accordingly.
- Determine what traditions may be most important to loved ones, and then figure out how to either continue those traditions or modify them into new ways.
- Feeling a part of the holiday season is important to your elderly loved ones. Offer to help by shopping, running errands, picking up gifts and mailing packages or cards. Assist with gift wrapping, preparing packages and making them feel included in the usual holiday festivities.
Social isolation is a common denominator in elder abuse cases. In addition to setting a senior up for abuse from the outside world, isolation also brings depression, anxiety and fear to older persons who spend so much time alone. They become easy prey to strangers who would take advantage of their being alone. Use this holiday, and the upcoming holiday season, to stay involved in your senior loved ones’ lives. The best way to prevent abuse by strangers is to be there for your older loved ones when they need you.
Have a wonderful holiday with your older loved ones, but do act if you suspect any abuse or other problem. Ingrid M. Evans and the other elder abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm can be reached at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>.