Helping Baby Boomers Overcome Holiday Elder Shock

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Millions of Baby Boomers will visit aging parents over the holidays and be stricken with Elder Shock, a reaction to indications of parents' decline. Parent Care, a leading eldercare website is providing a practical two-part series with tools to address this holiday malady.

As millions of Baby Boomers begin packing for holiday trips home to visit the folks, many will also carry a heavy load of dread and uncertainty. Their sense of foreboding is due to changes they fear they will encounter during their visits. Will their parents have become frail physically, show indications of mental decline, need more assistance than there is time to provide? Bracing for what is termed Holiday Elder Shock is casting a pall over what should be a festive holiday. Parent Care is providing a two-part article to help Boomers prepare for shocks prior to departing and effectively addressing them upon their return home.

Part One of the series urges Boomers to plan ahead instead of panicking. It provides a list of red flags to watch for, items that can be addressed during the visit and information that should be gathered to address some situations upon Boomers' return home. The first installment covers some typical scenarios that the seniors' progeny frequently encounter and provide tools to resolve them. The tools include a variety of easy to complete checklists including pre-visit preparations, important contact information, Medicare Part D forms, year end tax planning tips and hazard removal.

Part Two guides concerned Boomers through steps they can take to resolve situations that couldn't be addressed during the visit.

"The adult children of seniors are often overwhelmed during holiday visits" commented Parent Care CEO William Gillis. "Often, their emotions become obstacles to resolving problems they encounter. While we cannot offer a panacea, we do provide a logical framework to address situations that might be encountered."

The two-part series will be available to subscribers on the Parent Care website. Part One will be featured throughout December followed by Part Two in January. Both will be available in the site's archives for later review.

Gillis commented that "Our intent is to help make holiday visits the happy occasions that they should be while assisting in keeping Boomers' parents safe and independent in their homes in the new year."

About Parent Care, Inc.

Parent Care is the leading information source for the nation's seven million long distance eldercare providers. Parent Care, The Parent Care Report and The Parent Care Channel are registered trademarks of the firm.

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