Holidays: A time to check how well older adults are living independently

Dec 1st, 2020 | By | Category: Lifestyles

Holiday gatherings can be a time for adult children to take a close look at aging parents and relatives and evaluate their ability to live independently and safely. Even more important is bringing up issues in conversations that are open, honest and understood by all.

For some guidance on how to do that, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host “Conversations: When Families Get Together,” a free presentation and discussion aimed at helping adult offspring be alert to signs of possible trouble. Twice in December, the sessions will focus on home maintenance, personal hygiene, spoiled food in the cupboard or refrigerator, unpaid bills, and concerns around legal and end-of-life issues.  In addition, advice will be given on how to talk about these issues in ways that are sensitive and caring.

The webinars will be offered on:

  • 3 at 7 p.m. online at and by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099. Webinar ID: 958 6915 7440.
  • 5 at 10 a.m. at and by phone at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099. Webinar ID: 947 9696 9007.

“Isolation can be a critical problem for older adults. That makes family gatherings so important, whether in person or online, for adult children to be vigilant to current or emerging issues that may limit an older adult’s ability to remain at home on their own,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Disability Resources, a county government program.

More information about the presentations is available at 253-798-4600 or 800-562-0332.