This years oscar helped make Alzheimers DIsease a bigger priority-via Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTORJulianne Moore won Best Actress in this year’s Oscar Awards. No, I didn’t watch the show. It’s not my cup of tea. But I DO appreciate that this year’s show and one of the movies honored at the show spread important info about Alzheimer’s Disease. Carol Marak is one of my sweet online friends, who I’ve known for years as we’ve enjoyed various teaming up through blog carnivals, eldercarechats, tweets and facebook fun, and more. And she’s written an excellent article on just this topic for all of us in the Sandwich Generation and other multigenerational caregivers. Enjoy!

The Oscars Shines Light on Alzheimer’s Disease

Sooner or later we knew it would happen. Alzheimer’s disease takes center stage, and now the public sees its effects first hand. It’s about time.

My family lived through the disease with my dad. It was seven years ago, but I remember to this day how difficult it was for my family, and how little my peers knew about the disease, especially at work. It was heartbreaking to live through the stages of Alzheimer’s with my dad. He held on tight to the past, but I knew deep down memories would soon fade. And they did. The only memories my dad had, in the end, were the ones of the farm, when he was very young. He thought I was his mother, which I was in a way. And he would ask me over and over if the cows are okay. He stressed a lot about them and would ask, “Have the cows been milked? I haven’t been able to do it for months, and I’m worried.” I would gently touch his shoulders and affirm, “Oh, I just did it dad, the cows are fine.” He’d smile, and his eyes lit up in gratitude. Sweet memories.

Now, thanks to directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, Still Alice comes to the forefront of America. People can experience first-hand what it does to the person living with the disease and to the family. Hopefully, Still Alice will continue to shine light and bring awareness to people. It’s so hard to live through it knowing others don’t have a clue.

Since my dad’s situation, I’ve been exposed to many people living with the disease. They are lost, as Moore suggests. Maria Shriver calls Alzheimer’s a national emergency because more women in their sixties will develop the disease, twice more often than breast cancer. And since the majority of the “exploding” boomer population are in their sixties, we face economic devastation. Source: My Brain sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s

If you’re caring for a loved living with the disease, remember you’re not alone and ask for help. The Alzheimer’s Association is here for you and your loved one. Use the message board to connect with other caregivers. If you can’t afford to hire a caregiver from a home care agency, try reputable online services that vet for reliable senior care services.

Alzheimer’s Facts

At least 44 million people, worldwide, live with the dementia disease. It’s a global epidemic. In the United States alone, at least 5 million are inflicted. Do what you can do to help raise awareness and inspire action. Learn the facts. Share the numbers.

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
  • By 2050, this number could be as high as 16 million.
  • Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s is 1 in 6. For breast cancer it is 1 in 11.
  • More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.

Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and healthcare market. She advocates older adults and family caregivers by writing on tough topics like chronic issues, Alzheimer’s and senior care, and senior living. Find her work at AssistedLivingFacilities.org and HomeHealthcareAgencies.com and contact Carol on LinkedIn and Carol@SeniorCareQuest.com.

Mega thanks to Carol for sharing this interesting article on Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s something so many of us in the Sandwich Generation as well as many other multigenerational caregivers may face in the years to come.

 

Kaye

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Owl toilet seat tattoos regular and elongated to put a smile on our elderly parents faces In Roseville CA and beyondI promise you, this will be 100% G-rated. :)  As a mom, grandmother, and caregiver of elderly senior parents, toilets have been a big part of my life all my life – and I bet they have been for you too. I remember sitting by the toilet all night when my grandchild got the tummy bug and threw up over and over, while all I could really do was cuddle her, whisper in her ear that it was ok, and pray lots. She got better, and is much older now, but we both still vividly remember that night. It’s one of those sweet twists of life that it was an awful night that left sweet cuddling memories in both our hearts.

This week, some of my long distance grandkids have experienced the tummy bug and I’m too far away to cuddle, but I can still pray lots, and occasionally get to talk to one on the phone to share loving encouragement as well.

It doesn’t end with the grandkids, does it? Sometimes it’s our elderly parents who need our comforting words, our gentle pats, and our prayers. No, we’re not dealing with the tummy bug – at least not this week. But we have been back on the UTI issue again. And I do want to remind all of you of how much of a negative impact this can have on our elderly parents! And I STILL always have my senior mom tested for a UTI if she isn’t feeling well – and request a culture as well as a stick. And YES, I always recommend asking your own doctor about doing the same. Better safe than sorry!  You can read all the details at:

Resource-Full News and Information for The Sandwich Generation Issues: UTIs In Our Elderly Parents

Also, we are again using a raised toilet seat which is such a big help for our elderly parents as their range of motion and mobility decreases.

Pretty in pink toilet seats have covers to make it warmer for our elderly parents at night in Placer County California and beyondOf course, toilet talk doesn’t have to be all boring. We could also add in some fun things, like the gorgeous owl toilet cover tattoo, the pink rose toilet cover tattoo I shared a while back, and this cool pink toilet seat cover to make things a bit warmer and softer – great for those chilly middle of the night trips, and a lovely way to put a smile on our elderly parents’ faces. And all of these tools are great aging in place helps!  :)

Multigenerational caregiving for kids and grandkids along with elderly senior parents isn’t always easy. But I really appreciate all the great tips and tools available to help make it at least a little bit easier – for both caree and caregiver. Don’t you?  Do you have any senior citizen or grandkid toilet tips or other aging in place ideas to share with us – here or at my Facebook page? We’d love to hear them.

 

Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA has Fun and so will other boomers and seniors and grandparents whether at home or out and about working at their real estate business at the Grand Social

Beverly's Got tons of cute pink things each Saturday to put a smile on the face of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren

 

 

 

Kaye

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Merry Christmas to the Sandwich Generation and others visiting for the Caregiving Holiday Progressive Blog Party - with this cute country clipartWelcome to SandwichINK.com – where we talk about multigenerational caregiving, grandkid fun, and encouragement for those caring for their elderly parents.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Do enjoy some hot cocoa and a tasty bite of gingerbread cookie – this was a delightful gift to me from the very sweet Denise Brown of Caregiving.com – the hostess of this delightful annual blog party for caregivers.

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Then click here to be wisked off to the REST of the blog party fun, including a drawing for an Amazon gift certificate. Thank you for stopping by and again, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas cute country clipart for the Sandwich Generation

Kaye

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Kaye Swain loves reading Bible books and Bible memory verses to the grandkids-Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTORMajor changes have come for this Sandwich Generation grandmother. For the past umpteen years I’ve been an up-close grandma to half my grandkids and a long distance grandma to the other half. Now I’m long-distance to all and frequent flyer to many, not to mention plenty of drive time too.

My senior mom and I are back home in California, near another of our beloveds, and it is definitely a change and a challenge but fun nevertheless. I just returned from a delightful visit to one set of grandchildren where we spent a good portion of our time playing chess and checkers along with tons of hugs and cuddles!

And since all my grandkids are getting older, and have extremely busy schedules of their own, this is working out well. I do miss the daily interaction but, of course, I plan to stay close to them all no matter how near or far and I’ll continue to share fun tips, ideas, and resources with fellow grandparents near and far. Along with caregiving ideas and resources for our beloved seniors here as well as at SandwichINK Real Estate Info where you’ll discover more ideas and interesting examples of multigenerational and aging in place options and issues.

Here are a couple of travel tips I picked up on this last trip, just for you. If you are flying to visit loved ones – young, old, or both – for the holidays  and haven’t yet bought your tickets, I just spotted an  article at Forbes – Holiday Airfare Tips For Last Minute Shoppers.

I would recommend packing a new (or old favorite) game that they do NOT have at their house. Something new, or not used in a while, is always more interesting and you could end up having a series of competitions for the whole visit – quite enjoyable I must say. Just be sure to take a game(s) you also like. :)

Kaye Swain loves playing chess and checkers with the grandkids

If you are able to visit often, you might want to consider asking if it’s ok to leave a box of goodies just for your visits. In the past, I’ve kept a stash of canned nuts for late-night hunger attacks, 3 favorite games they only play with me, a couple of books we treasure, and a change of clothes just in case I make it but my suitcase doesn’t. That can be a big stress relief!

As long distance grandparents, we may not get as many memories over the year, but if we make the most of the moments we are there, our memories can be just as powerful and impactful – for them AND for us.

My three most powerful memories from my last trips were centered on helping others in need including preparing Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoeboxes – a long standing tradition we love, studying Bible verses together, and fun games whether we won OR lost. Moments I will treasure forever!

And speaking of holidays – HAVE A BLESSED AND BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!

P.S. A fun Thanksgiving AND Christmas coloring page for grandkids (or beloved seniors) (and one already in color) to turn into place cards or holiday home decor. And if you click directly on each snowman, they’ll lead to more fun Christmas ideas.

Snow happy there is no snow in Roseville CA for Kaye Swain REALTOR and caring for eldelry parents AND that my grandkids DO have snow

 

Christmas coloring page for grandchildren from fellow grandparents Kaye Swain REALTOR in Roseville CA

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving place card make easy crafts for kids and seniors black and white coloring page

 

 

 

 

 

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

Spiritual Sundays are full of encouraging and comforting BIble verses and praise music to lift the hearts of the Sandwich Generation

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

 

Kaye

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Kaye Swain Multigenerational caregiver and REALTOR is really looking forward to a Roseville CA Thanksgiving

Welcome!

It’s been quite a while since my last blog round-up and with the holidays upon us, it seemed like a good time to share some of the great resources I’ve been sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and beyond for all of us boomers and seniors, grandparents and caregivers, many doing both at once in a lovely multigenerational mix.

Eldercare

Alz.org has an excellent article on Holidays and Alzheimer’s (or other dementia) Families – for that matter, I would think many of these ideas would also be useful for our aging senior parents who don’t have dementia but may have normal memory loss due to aging, or who may have a hard time in new situations.

Elder Falls! It’s a growing concern among doctors and families as the “Silver Tsunami” of aging boomers and seniors continues to swell. Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation from the New York Times.

50 Tips for a Happy Holiday Season for our multigenerational families and aging seniors.

Grandparenting and Multigenerational Holiday Fun

There is a wealth of great ideas for holiday ideas all around the internet, many of which are easy to do – vital for multigenerational caregivers! Here are some of the many ideas for all ages that I’ve been sharing at my Facebook page – SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation  –

Like this cool Turkey cheeseball!

 

And how about these adorable snowmen

Cute crafts to give thanks from Parents Magazine. Great and easy crafts for kids that also could work well with our elderly seniors.

Here’s a Pinterest board on the topic of easy crafts and activities for seniors and kids and I just added some new items including puzzles for those with memory loss including from Alzheimer’s Disease

Dollar Tree is a such a great resource for grandparents, don’t you think? It’s an especially BIG help to a busy grandparents’ budget!

Here’s another fun holiday craft idea – wouldn’t this be a great Thanksgiving weekend project with the grandkids? :)

Granddog Joys

Awwww – I couldn’t resist! Look at one of my cute granddogs on guard – using the Tangle Mobile App. (My grandkids and I do LOVE mobile apps, not to mention how handy many of them are for a variety of business needs like my real estate business! :) )

One of my granddog guardians who lives in Roseville CA-Kaye Swain REALTOR

Thank you

Thank you so much for stopping by. It’s been a treat to share these cute ideas and posts with you as you prepare for Thanksgiving and start pondering Christmas as well.Don’t forget to check my Facebook page for boomers and seniors and grandparents regularly for even more fun ideas and resources for our busy multigenerational needs! And for aging in place ideas and resources, click here and here. :) See you soon!

P.S. For some reason, the last WordPress update “broke” my comments – I’m hoping it’s only temporary. But if you’d like to comment, please feel free to do so at my Facebook page – just click here. And again, thank you for stopping by. :)

Beverlys Pink Saturday is full of fun things for SandwichINK Real Estate Info - including the occasional pink house

Kaye Swain REALTOR has Fun and so will other boomers and seniors and grandparents whether at home or out and about working at their real estate business at the Grand Social

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. Thank you.

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