March 12, 2012 Celebraing with Senior ~ Guest: Michelle Seitzer

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Times change, people age and suddenly you may find yourself in new territory. Whether it's a parent, friend or grandparent you may suddenly be visiting them in an assisted living facility or nursing home, or they may have care-takers in their home. This change in environment can affect our celebrations and the way we interact with these loved ones. This week we'll take a look at things we can do to keep the love alive and enjoy every moment no matter where our loved ones live.

In Christmas Corner we'll take a peek at gift giving. When it comes to the older people in our life gifting can become difficult. Often times they feel they have everything they want or need or they just don't want more stuff coming into their home. It's understandable but it can leave us out in the cold when we want to show how much we care. Don't stress - there are some simple ideas you can take and run with which show how much you love them while respecting their wishes. Christmas celebrations with our elders can be some of the most rewarding so listen in and grab the tip that works for you!

Before settling down as a full-time freelance writer, Michelle Seitzer spent 10 years serving in various roles at assisted living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, then worked for several years as a public policy coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association's PA Chapters. She also served as a long-distance caregiver for her beloved grandfather, who died of Alzheimer's in 2009. Seitzer has blogged for since November 2008 and is the co-founder and co-moderator of the #ElderCareChat on Twitter, held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1pm ET.

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