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When You Go Home for Thanksgiving

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We first ran this article Nov. 20, 2012. It will probably still be equally important on Nov. 20, 2102, when the babies at today’s holiday tables are getting on in years. Of course, this year, the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccines has supplied a new reason to give thanks: Some people may now be able to visit aging relatives, and even aging parents, for the first time in more than 18 months.

Jesse Slome has some important advice about what to do in those aging loved ones’ homes…

The season starting with Thanksgiving and lasting until New Year’s has become America’s unofficial Long-Term Care Need Assessment Period.

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Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), has put out a guide to assessing the well-being of parents and other older relatives that could be useful both to consumers and their retirement and LTCI advisors.

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Slome said adult children or other caregiver candidates who live far from their loved ones and go home for the holidays should consider taking the following steps:

  • Look for unopened mail, especially unpaid bills.
  • See if the loved one has lost weight, and see if the refrigerator or pantry are full of spoiled food.
  • Prepare a list of medications being taken and physician contact information.
  • Write down the make, model and license plate number for the loved one’s car.
  • Write down the policy number and claim department contact information for any long-term care insurance (LTCI) policy that might be available.

Pictured: A Thanksgiving Day meal during World War II. (Photo: Marjory Collins/Office of War Information)