If you are going home for the holidays to visit mom and dad and it’s been a while, then it might also be the perfect time to check in with them to see how they’re doing.
It’s with that in mind that a national campaign was born over 10 years ago with the focus of bringing up important issues for older adults in time for the holidays, raising awareness and promoting dialogue among families when they’re most likely to be together.
This year’s Home for the Holidays education campaign, which is organized through a partnership between the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Eldercare Locator and the U.S. Administration for Community Living, has set its sights on home modification for those looking to age in place while retaining as much independence for as long as possible.
“The Home for the Holidays campaign started because we recognized that during the holiday season, adult children come home and they may see that mom or dad have some issues that they didn’t see last time they were home, and visiting them now raises some concerns,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. “It’s really an opportunity to create a framework for a discussion around issues and also a pathway to help get those issues resolved.”
This year’s theme of home modification, she said, really grew out of research done by the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which showed it as an area of increasing need among older adults. Read More: From the Herald-Tribune