18. December 2014 11:16
by Nora Super
At this time of year, many of us are already gathering, or thinking about gathering, with our families or friends to celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, or the New Year. As well as a time of expectation and excitement, it may also be the only time of year that we see loved ones who live across the country or the globe. Whether you are traveling or welcoming friends and family into your home, coming together provides a wonderful chance to share memories, to exchange stories—and to check-in on how everyone is doing.
Don’t miss the opportunity that the holidays can afford to check-in with your older family and friends. It’s one of the best holiday gifts you can give them—and yourself. I recently attended a listening session with the Leadership Council on Aging, a national leadership coalition of 66 non-profits focusing on age-related policies and solutions. A few participants stressed that good intergenerational communication can have an extremely positive effect on everyone’s well-being.