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Making sure mum and dad are OK at Christmas

Family gatherings over the holiday season are often the first time that we notice that an older family member is becoming frail and may need some extra help. The signs can be subtle. You may notice piles of unopened mail or unpaid bills, or newspapers still in their plastic wrap; the generally well-maintained garden or house looks untidy or neglected; they have lost weight; the fridge is empty or has plates of spoiled food; there are unexplained dents on their car; there has been a noticeable decline in their personal grooming; or they are unsteady on their feet and have difficulty getting out of their chair. It might be that they have stopped going out to previously enjoyed activities, or

Christmas stocking fillers

It is increasingly challenging to find gifts that are meaningful and helpful, particularly for older family members, who are likely to find it almost impossible to cram one more towel, coffee mug or pair of socks into the already full drawer. At Live Well Longer we have come up with the following Christmas stocking fillers which may be more welcome. a bag of potting mix and offer to re-pot their favourite house plants; an offer to clean out the pantry and the pots and pans cupboard; theatre tickets or a subscription to the WASO or WA Opera, with the offer to take them (better still, research if they are eligible for a Companion Card, then you can help them make an application, and be their c

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