Gail M. Samaha is the founder of GMS Associates. She is a successful management consultant who from her own personal experience along with her background as a hospice volunteer and 30 years of business management, created an elder care planning division for elders and caregivers and trusted advisors.

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Your loved ones may be able to downplay changes in their health and abilities between visits, but holiday gatherings allow you to see firsthand how they’re faring. Know the signs of age-related decline and what steps you can take to address them.

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No one said balancing your caregiver work load and your life was going to be easy. Here are some big tips that simplify caregiving and make your life a little easier to manage.

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Before quitting your job, I would recommend have your aging parent's overall living situation assessed.

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When taking your elderly parent to the doctor, maximize your time on each visit by keeping a notebook with your questions, observations on mental or physical changes since the last visit, lists of medications, and recommendations for follow up care.

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Being a new caregiver for an aging parent is overwhelming. Becoming well informed of your loved one's overall health, and securing the documents that allow you to make decisions going forward will hopefully avoid a future crisis.

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In-person visits reveal far more about an aging loved one’s physical and mental health than regular phone calls or emails. Make sure you know what red flags to keep an eye out for during this year’s holiday dinners and get togethers.

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