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It’s hard to have your parents get old. We remember when they were young and could do everything. As they get older, their lives get smaller and so does their circle of friends. We need to include them in holiday and family dinners for as long as possible. Often a card, a note, or an email can make a senior’s day. Many seniors have health problems. They don’t share the depth of difficulties that they are having with their children out of a desire for not seeming weak or old. Most older people try to stay community-involved in some aspect but many people do not understand the stress of having an illness that takes much stress and effort. Many people who are older look forward to the days when they will visit or talk with their children or grandchildren. Usually, money is tight for older folks and so gifts and travel are not easy to come by. Many seniors have strict diets and must watch what they eat. They don’t want pity but understanding. We,as their children, can always offer to listen and to give a warm hug. I often wish I could still hug my parents who both passed away when I was in my late thirties. These days I try to offer seniors a littl warmth and sunshine by visiting, calling or sending a card.  


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