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Happy Valentines Day week. Happy Presidents Month and MLK Month and more. February definitely has a lot going on in it. I thought I’d share some cute Valentines ideas and pictures you can print and enjoy with your grandkids.

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento real estate agent cute valentines ideas

And over the next month or so, I’ll be sharing a special project my grandkids and I will be enjoying – with plenty of fun in an educational sort of way.  My fave. :)

Cute Valentines Ideas for the Grandkids

I do enjoy Valentine smiles with my grandkids, whether we live nearby or are long distance. Here are some cute cut-out and coloring pages for fun or for Valentines for y’all to enjoy together this week and beyond.

Kaye Swain shares you are a dino mite friend coloring page

 

 

Kaye Swain shares You are a berry sweet friend

 

 

 

Kaye Swain shares you are a dino mite friend coloring page

 

 

Kaye Swain shares You are a berry sweet friend coloring page

Also, be sure to check out my Pinterest Boards for grandkids and grandparents as well as for Valentine Joys. :)

Ey Disease, Braille, and More Cute Valentines Ideas

While chatting with one of my beloved senior relatives, she told me how she was doing. Overall she is doing well, but she is definitely working through tough challenges. One of those is macular degeneration, which my sweet dad also developed. Her eyesight has reached a point where if she stood close to me, she might not recognize me. Til I talked. :)  For years, my senior mom and I have enjoyed picking out fun musical greeting cards for her to enjoy for just that reason. If she couldn’t see them, she could enjoy hearing them. This year, we sent her a Valentine card that said, “Here’s a Pizza My Heart” and it played the traditional song that always makes you think of pizza. 😉

Later, I was sharing fun and cheesy Valentine riddles with one of my grandkids. Then I told her a bit what this beloved senior was going through and how glad I was she was getting Braille books to enjoy. I also shared how proud I am of her for learning Braille in her 80s! I was surprised when my sweet grandchild asked me what Braille was.

You know me. I immediately ordered some books for them about blindness, Braille, and guide dogs and am looking forward to reading them together. I also discovered there are a couple of cute apps for kids to help them learn Braille. Even if they don’t need to know it, it’s a fun way to learn about it. And if they did learn it, all the better. Especially with many of the leading causes of blindness diseases that usually occur in seniors such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Speaking of glaucoma, here is one of 4 infographics I shared for Glaucoma Month this year. It is full of great reminders for us to take good care of our eyes on a regular basis.

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent and boomer senior blogger shares GlaucomaAwarenessMonth infographic

I’ll share the list of books and apps in the next few weeks and let you know if they were hits or misses. :) In the meantime, have a great Valentines Day and do be sure to visit your eye doctor regularly.

Sweet Encouragement

If you are reading this on your computer, you may have noticed a slight tweak to the column pictures with a new Scripture verse picture. For those using smart phones, you might not be able to see it so I thought I’d share it here as well. Technically we are still in winter and some of you may be getting new snow weather forecasts. However, here in the Sacramento area of California, we are having spring-like weather with the sun shining, birds singing, and daffodils popping up all over. Even if winter resumes, I think this Scripture picture will still be a sweet encouragement for all of us that spring will spring eventually. :)

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain shares encouragement in Roseville Sacramento and beyond 1200

Sweet Spring blessings to us all who are staying busy working, caring for elderly parents, raising kids or helping with the grandkids for cute Valentines Day ideas and more!   :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Busy Week in Roseville CA

Hello! I hope your week went smoothly and well. Mine was busy, productive and interspersed with fun smiles.  It included doctor appointments for my senior mom followed by tasty lunches out and about, looking at lovely homes for sale in Roseville CA with real estate clients, a fun and interesting neighborhood meeting, a day spent renewing my CPR and First Aid certificate, Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger shares CPR info 1200

and a lovely time helping at church. Not to mention some hugs, cuddles and licks from a dear granddog.  :)

CPR and First Aid

I highly recommend that everyone get and maintain a CPR and First Aid certificate. It’s good for all, and especially for those caring for elderly parents as well as raising kids or babysitting grandkids.

CPR Training In Sacramento and Roseville CA and Beyond

This is my third time and the classes have always been interesting. This was particularly so as it was taught by a retired paramedic from a busy area of Los Angeles. He shared many real-life examples that made me doubly appreciate spending the time every two years to review old lessons and learn the latest vital updates. It’s especially easy now, for me, as I can go to the Wellnessmart office in my city of Roseville CA. They offer these classes two times a week in two separate classes – CPR/AED and First Aid. It is wonderful at working around my busy schedule. In the past, I’ve also enjoyed training classes from the Red Cross as well as one provided by fire personnel. Interested? If you live in California, you can visit Wellnessmart.com to see if one of their locations is near you.

You can also find CPR classes through the Red Cross, the Heart Association, your local YMCA, and perhaps your city’s park and recreation department. For example, our Roseville CA park & rec usually has classes listed in their activities program. You might also check with your company if it is large or your church. I know St. Clare in Roseville has offered it and I have also seen it available at other churches over the years.

Learn Hands-Free CPR Online

Learning CPR is a wonderful gift that you can give to the people around you – your loved ones, your neighbors, and even strangers whose lives you may have a chance to impact in a very special way. (BUT for other caregivers of elderly parents and other sweet seniors, make sure you know if they have a DNR – Do Not Resuscitate and do not want CPR done on them.)  And, while the in-person classes are the best way as you can ask questions as well as practice with/in front of an instructor, you can even learn the core basics online for free.

Here is an excellent and interesting video from our Roseville CA excellent fire department, demonstrating how vital immediate CPR is. And now that the Heart Association has simplified CPR with “hands-only CPR” with no mouth to mouth required, hopefully more people will put it into practice when they see someone collapse AFTER first having someone call 911 (if no one else there – YOU should call 911 first AND leave the phone on with them on the line – they can also help talk you through it AND they can find you and your cell phone easier!)

 

From the Heart Association, this is one of 6 excellent videos in their playlist ranging from funny to serious tips for CPR

Here is a great one for all ages, including fun for the kids and grandkids

And here’s one last training video, this one is also from the Roseville CA Fire Department

CPR Apps

I also found some useful-looking apps. Of course, as with all the other info I’ve written about here (or anywhere else), always do your own research and due diligence. What works for me may not work for you – or may not keep working. Good case in point – I spent about $5 on a Heart Association app a few years ago. It’s no longer available online, probably in part because they hadn’t yet simplified the CPR to hands-only CPR. So always check and recheck everything you read here or anywhere to ensure it will truly be a wise help for you. 😉 THAT being said, here are two apps I found that look very useful and now have their own folder on my iPhone. If you know of others, do share. :)

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento REALTOR blogger shares CPR apps

The CPR tempo has a start and stop button. When you click start, it ticks loudly to help you do the CPR compressions regularly to accomplish the 100 compressions per minute. (I don’t know the song, “Staying Alive,” well enough to sing it while doing CPR. But if you do, that’s even easier as the video above demonstrates. :)

The First Aid app is from the Red Cross and shares info based on the Everyday First Aid Program developed by the British Red Cross. The last option on the list is UNRESPONSIVE AND NOT BREATHING and tells you what to do to provide hands-only compressions. It also has links to other free natural disaster apps to help you know what to do in the event of each of those disasters such as tornados, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. It even has pet first aid! (My granddog says WOOF!) The last choice in that section is EMERGENCY which includes disaster alert options.

Coloring Books with Emergency Info

Both FEMA and the CDC have coloring books that are great for kids and grandkids. They don’t have photos of CPR specifically but do give tips about dealing with a wide variety of disasters.

Words of Encouragement are Great for Emergencies and More

You probably noticed the wallpaper on my iPhone showing below the apps – with God’s Word of encouragement reminding me all the time, and especially during an emergency, that God is faithful. Which is a great reminder for all of us, even in a crisis….ESPECIALLY in a crisis! PRAYER is vital before, during and after. Our times are in God’s hand and that is just as true in a medical emergency. We do our best, but we put our full trust in God!

Here’s my wallpaper all by itself in case you’d like to have these sweet words of encouragement for your phone. :)

Christian Kaye Swain REALTOR blogger shares God is faithful wallpaper

 

The Verse by Verse Bible Study in John – it appears they switched over to sharing these mostly via iPhone app so I am not going to list these anymore. But you can get their app for free by going to your iphone apps store, type in Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara and download the app. :)

Have a Happy….and Appy…..Week

I’m looking forward to another busy week here in Roseville CA and hoping your week is great as well!

 

Kaye

 

 

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Encouragement Words and Sights for Boomers and Seniors

I had a lovely time at church this weekend full of sweet smiles and wonderful encouragement words and sights.

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain sharing Rainbow spotted at Bayside Granite Bay near Roseville in Sacramento areaOur church has Saturday and Sunday services so I usually go on Saturday nights. I enjoy helping before the services, and I especially appreciate the 6 pm service since it serves communion every week instead of once a month like the rest of the services. This weekend was especially delightful for a variety of reasons. It started to rain just a bit, more of a heavy mist with drops really. Then we looked up and there was the most gorgeous rainbow – very close and we could see both ends! It was so beautiful. My photos don’t do it justice but I hope you enjoy them. :)

Kaye Swain blogger REALTOR in Sacramento area sharing weekend full of encouragement words and sights like this Moon at Bayside Granite Bay Roseville Sacramento area of CA

Later that night as I was out helping between services, we were again blessed by a gorgeous full moon! Again, my iPhone got put to work taking photos. Again, they are not nearly what I got to see. But hopefully it gives you an idea of how big and beautiful it was.

In between all this fun, during the church service, we each got a card with our Bible verse for the year on one side and our annual goals on the other side. The verses change each year. The goals are always the same Biblically based foundations for us to stay walking closely with our beloved God. During the sermon, our pastor also encouraged us to read 2 Peter. This morning, while doing my daily Bible study, I did just that. WOW! It was like Peter was reading today’s news headlines and talking directly to them. It was truly a blessing to read the encouragement words in it and I would encourage y’all to read it as well. :) I added several verses from this small and special book of the Bible to my list of Bible verses for future Bible pictures.

Christian encouragement words and pictures via Kaye Swain Sacramento area blogger REALTOR

Senior Care Concerns and Encouragement  – Falls In Elderly and Prevention Tips

My senior dad loved his Nova rollator - one of many walking aids for seniors

My senior mom had a good weekend as well. She had taken a bit of a tumble earlier in the week and did have a slight limp. We went to the doctor’s on Friday to make sure she hadn’t hurt anything we couldn’t see. While earning my CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) certificate, I had learned quite a bit about falls and hip injuries in elderly seniors and what a concern that can be. As the CDC puts it, “One of the most serious fall injuries is a broken hip. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture and afterward many people are not able to live on their own. As the U.S. population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up.”  Of course, my mom doesn’t live on her own. But as the NIH says, “Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths.” With those kind of statistics, I am definitely cautious about any fall.

We do our best to keep walkways clear. But stumbles can happen even when nothing is in the way. Or to those living in nursing homes! American Family Physician  reports that “…one third of community-dwelling elderly persons and 60 percent of nursing home residents fall each year. Risk factors for falls in the elderly include increasing age, medication use, cognitive impairment and sensory deficits.” They go on to say, “Hospital stays are almost twice as long in elderly patients who are hospitalized after a fall than in elderly patients who are admitted for another reason.9 Compared with elderly persons who do not fall, those who fall experience greater functional decline in activities of daily living (ADLs) and in physical and social activities,10 and they are at greater risk for subsequent institutionalization.”

Needless to say, I take elderly falls very seriously – whether my mom’s or any of my other beloved seniors! WebMD recommends “Get medical help right away if:

  • The hip pain came on suddenly.
  • A fall or other injury triggered the hip pain.
  • Your joint looks deformed or is bleeding.
  • You heard a popping noise in the joint when you injured it.
  • The pain is intense.
  • You can’t put any weight on your hip.
  • You can’t move your leg or hip.

So off we went to the doctor. And now we are full of smiles and praising God for the encouragement words that her X-rays showed nothing broken!

Encouraging and Challenging Grandkids with Riddles

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento REALTOR grandmother caregiver sharing riddles and tips for boomers seniors and grandparents

We had fun talking to grandkids in two states this week. And I’ve been busy compiling challenging brain teasers to supplement my fun (and totally cheesy :) ) riddles that I keep on hand for enjoyable grandkid conversations – on the phone or in person. I’ve added several to my Pinterest Board – Grand for Kids and Grandkids. And here are a three fun ones that made me think (and fail 😉 ) but still led to plenty of smiles, courtesy of our government, would you believe.  (Answers are at the end of this blog post.)

  1. A man walks into an art gallery and concentrates on one picture in particular. The museum curator notices this and asks the man why he is so interested in that one painting. The man replies, “Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.”
  2. Dee Septor, the famous magician, claimed to be able to throw a ping-pong ball so that it would go a short distance, come to a complete stop, and then reverse itself. He also added that he would not bounce the ball off any object, or tie anything to it. How could he perform this trick?
  3. Name four days of the week that start with the letter “t”?

Christian Encouragement Words and Pictures For Boomers and Seniors

One of the many Bible verses on encouragement with this Scripture picture posts for encouragement via Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento blogger

 

The rainbow reminds me of God’s promises and faithfulness, as does this lovely old Christian hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. :)

More encouragement words from God’s Word via Pastor Guzik – John Part 19-John 7:37-52 Opposed by the Religious Rulers

I love sharing encouraging uplifting Bible verses for all ages from my grandkids to my elderly beloveds AND with you – here are some Scripture and regular coloring pages for all ages from kids to senior adults.  :)

 

Christian Encouragement from Sacramento Roseville CA blogger Kaye Swain-Rainbow Scripture coloring pages for adults seniors and grand kids

 

Kaye Swain Roseville Sacramento blogger for boomers and seniors sharing Moon Scripture coloring pages for adults seniors and grand kids

Encouragement for Your Week

Have a sweet week full of His encouragement words in song and Scripture. Blessings!

Kaye

 

P.S. Here are the answers to the riddles above for our grandkids (and maybe some of our sweet seniors as well?)

ANSWERS

  1. The son of the man who was studying the painting.
  2. He threw the ball up in the air
  3. Tuesday, Thursday, today, tomorrow.

I didn’t guess a one of these! How’d you do?

P.P.S. Isn’t it great that riddles, jokes, and Bible pictures can all be fun for our grandkids as well as making sweet encouragement words when needed to bring softness with a gentle laugh to lift their spirits.

 

 

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