caring for your parents

Caring for your parents and older family members as they age

You love your parents and would do anything for them. And as they get older, there is something important you need to be aware of.

My name is Brian Levy with Cambridge Caregivers. This email series will help guide you through the process of taking care of your parents and older family members as they age.

So that “something important” I was talking about. Here it is:

What could happen if you are not in regular contact with your aging parents or family members?

Unfortunately, when mom or dad are left alone with limited interaction, they can be at greater risk for coronary artery disease, faster decline, or even a stroke.

The effects of isolation are real.

And it happens more than you think. I read the National Council on Aging found that 1 in 6 people — ages 65 and older — are isolated either socially or geographically.

I know life can sometimes make it difficult to keep in touch with your elderly family members — whether it is because of Covid-19, your daily responsibilities, or distance.

But there are creative ways to work around those obstacles to give your loved ones the consistent social interaction they need. 

These include:
* Texting
* Photo messaging
* Video calls
* Visits on an outdoor patio space
* Visits behind a glass divider

For more signs of isolation to watch for, tips for creative ideas and more, click here to view or listen to the most recent edition of the Manchester Living Podcast.

And, remember, if you have questions or want to discuss this further, don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me.


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