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Taking time to help elderly loved ones in August

August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day, and numerous organizations across the country take that day and the week surrounding it to promote awareness of older individuals. Awareness campaigns might concentrate on the contributions of senior citizens to their communities or ways that others can assist elderly friends and relatives. We think August is a great time to reach out and let older individuals in your life know you care.

One way you might let someone know you care is by helping them live more independently in their later years. While care planning is an important aspect of planning for retirement and later years, not all plans work out. If you know someone older who is struggling to live on his or her own but is still capable of doing so, there are a few small things you can do to help.

Often, individuals who are able to live in their own homes can't get out to buy items they might need. They might not be able to drive and public transportation isn't a viable option in every location. Ask an older relative if you can take them to the grocery store or bring groceries to their door.

Staying connected is important for senior citizens, especially if family is far away. Help an older friend or relative understand the internet and connectivity options so they can communicate via email, on social media or via smartphone apps such as Facetime.

If you are an older individual, August is a great time to do something for yourself to help cement your plans for the future. If you're considering care planning or making health care directive decisions, schedule an appointment now with an elder law professional in August.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Ways To Help Elderly Loved Ones Age Independently," Geeta Nayyar, accessed July 29, 2016

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