Julie Hall is an expert in dealing with personal property from the Depression era. Estate dissolution and helping grieving families make appropriate decisions during the estate settlement process are her specialties. She is a certified personal property appraiser, an estate sales professional, a residential content removal specialist, and a broker of fine items. As owner of The Estate Lady®, LLC, she brings 18 years of experience to families facing the overwhelming task of dissolving the family home.
Many of us will gather with close family at Christmas and/or New Year’s. You may want to observe your parents, or other close relatives, and note any new signs of the aging process.
Some of these signs, if occurring infrequently, are no cause for panic; however, they could mean that your parents need to have someone check on them daily or consider assisted living.
What should you do if you notice any of these signs of aging in your parents? You shouldn’t overreact or force the issue to discussion. You should not ignore the signs either. Just pay attention.
With family gathered, this may be a good opportunity to observe and discuss the facts together as siblings. Go for a walk or out for coffee. A little investment of time when all are together may ease the challenges you’ll face later.
Whatever you observe, continue to love your parents and make great memories together as a family!
By Julie Hall
The Estate Lady Blog
[First posted December 21, 2009, at Julie Hall's Estate Lady Web site.]