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The holidays are a perfect time to visit older relatives and spend some time with them. However, during the visit, it’s also a great idea to make some assessments to ensure they are safe and in good health. Mary Cabral, Senior Care Counselor at Arbor Terrace Teaneck, recently spoke with Univision 41 Nueva York about visiting senior relatives during the holidays and what to look for. 

The video (in Spanish) is below, as are the main takeaways from the interview (in English).


Look for age-related decline like weight loss or a change in mobility. Is your loved one limping or has fallen recently? Do they have safety bars in place and clear walkways in their house?


Be observant and look for signs that something is amiss. Are they usually tidy, but now their house is in disarray? Is laundry overflowing, or pans scorched? Also, check the expiration date on prescription and over-the-counter medication to ensure they take their medication as prescribed. 

General Welfare

Have you noticed a change in their mood, behaviors, or routines? Due to the pandemic, elderly relatives or neighbors are isolated and it’s important to ensure they are staying active and engaged. Look for signs of depression or withdrawal. 

It’s important to have a heart-to-heart if you notice signs of decline. Have a conversation with your loved ones and identify what areas they may need help with. Create a list of contacts that may be able to support them with light chores or just socializing. More serious concerns may require additional care or considering a move in a senior living home.

If you ever have questions or need guidance assessing your loved one, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're more than happy to help!


Elizabeth Andropoli

About the Author: Elizabeth Andropoli

“Liz” has been a senior-living professional for more than fifteen years, she entered the industry following a six-year background of experience in health care. She has been Executive Director at Arbor Terrace since 2012. Liz lives in Teaneck with her three children who have obviously inherited her passion for servicing those advanced in age as her two eldest are also employed in the senior-living industry – her youngest, still in school, is interested in computers and finance. Liz has eclectic tastes in leisure activities: while she enjoys parasailing, zip lining and riding motorcycles, her favorite vacation is her annual summertime stay, with her family, at an Amish farm in Pennsylvania.

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