Happy Thanksgiving Day 2022!!
Safely Including Seniors
One-On-One Time With Older Loved Ones
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. We especially hope that you include older loved ones and neighbors in your day. Use the holiday as an opportunity to spend time one-on-one 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 some 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
- Plan your festivities for a little earlier in the day. Seniors run out of energy late in the day and those who suffer from dementia may experience “sundowner” behavior rendering them out of it by the late afternoon.
- 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.
- 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 of elder abuse cases, and 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>.