12/12/2014 11:54 am ET

5 Ways To Help Aging Parents

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Many of us will travel to visit family this holiday season, making it the perfect time to notice if mom and dad – and other aging loved ones – need help living safely at home.

"We like to think mom and dad are more independent than they really are," says David Ritterling, owner of Visiting Angels home care agency, Pueblo, Colo., which provides private, in-home living assistance to seniors. "Over the holidays, families often realize that mom and dad have declined since the last time they've seen one another."

While you're in town visiting, take the opportunity to observe that mom and dad are safe and well taken care of by doing the following:

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