Checking in with elderly loved ones during the holidays

If you are visiting elderly loved ones this holiday season, the Senior LinkAge Line suggests a few things you can do to help support their health and safety.

“Watch out for the basic things that make their life a little easier,” says Krista Boston, Director of Consumer Assistance Programs at the Minnesota Board on Aging.

Krista Boston, Director of Consumer Assistance Programs at the Minnesota Board on Aging.

Boston recommends that Minnesotans check elderly loved one’s refrigerators and freezers to make sure food is fresh and there is enough food on hand in case they cannot get out to buy food or cook for themselves. She also suggests visiting the Senior LinkAge Line’s nutrition program to learn more about meal services that may be available.

In addition, Boston recommends making sure the walkways and driveways of elderly relatives and friends are clear of ice and shoveled and helping them find help during the winter if needed. Another suggestion: addressing tripping hazards like loose rugs or cords and making sure items used often are on low shelves so there is no need to climb up on chairs or ladders.

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free statewide information service that makes it easier for seniors and their families to find the information and help they need. It provides long-term care options counseling, prescription drug expense assistance, caregiver planning and more.

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