The end of year holiday season is quickly approaching. Many people are planning to visit their elderly parents and relatives during this festive time. For Many of us, the holidays offer a once-a-year time to visit with elderly relatives who live at a distance. These Holiday visits are a good time to assess any assistance parents or other elderly loved ones might need. There are many issues to consider. Does an elderly loved one require help with chores or housekeeping, personal care, shopping and meal preparation, money management, transportation, medical checkups, or medications? Are they isolated or do they live with others? If living with another, are they dependent on that person for care? Is that person an appropriate caregiver? During your visit, keep an eye out for warning signs of self-neglect or abuse or neglect by others. If, before you make your trip, you suspect that your loved one needs extra assistance, plan a longer stay so that you can visit local aging services organizations during regular work hours. Allow enough time during your visit to accomplish necessary tasks. Changes in physical and cognitive abilities that may occur with age can be difficult to detect—for older adults and their family members, friends, and caregivers. My Elder Advocate has compiled this list of 10 warning signs. Any one of the following behaviors may indicate the need to take action. It is also important to inform the older adult’s physician of these changes. Changing eating habits, resulting in weight loss, appetite loss, or missed...