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My grandson is showing off my senior moms gardening activities- one of the many joys for our Sandwich Generation familyAs much as I'm enjoying the early hints of Autumn, my senior mom is still mostly confined to home thanks to the heat that has returned coupled with allergy and pollutants coating our air. Fifteen minutes outside to feed and water her birds and plants, and that's about it.

She is loving the new treadmill doubly, thanks to all that. She has been on it faithfully for the last few days and even got brave enough to try it by herself yesterday. I reminded her to keep her Jitterbug cell phone in her pocket so that just in case something happened she could use it to call for help. Of course, she also has her Philips auto fall alert emergency pendant which would kick in as well. (We're nothing, if not high-tech around here. 🙂 )

We're very blessed to have each other and have learned a lot about combining multigenerational households over the last several years. Still and all, I'm looking forward to reviewing the recap from last week's #ElderCareChat which was all about Home Modifications for Caregivers. I always find at least one or two "gold nuggets" of info to help us when I read or participate in the #ElderCareChats on Twitter. 

And speaking of home modifications, be sure to check out my latest guest post over at EldercareABCBlog – Bathtime Safety Tips for Helping Our Aging Parents – a subject near and dear to my heart, as you well know.

For now, it's time to pick up my senior mom's No-Rinse shampoo and bath wash then head home to help set up her latest project, which I'll be sharing with you in the next week or so. Until then…

Tools that assist our elderly parents make aging in place an easier option for the Sandwich Generation familyMichelle Seitzer, a favorite writer here at SandwichINK, has prepared a new guest post for us that is excellent, addressing several of the aging in place issues my own Sandwich Generation family has dealt with over the years, and I bet yours has also! 

Tips for Supporting Aging in Place

by Michelle Seitzer for 101Mobility.com 

Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, shiny wood floors, custom tiling, new roof: these are among the items frequently found on the modern home buyer’s checklist. 

The Sandwich Generation granny nanny loves pink things like thise folding lightweight travel transport wheelchairs

Decades ago, when the myriad of seniors currently aging in place (AIP) were house-hunting, it’s unlikely that wide doorways, hand/chair rails, expanded hallways, interior/exterior wheelchair ramps, and streamlined one-level living quarters were on their checklists. But that’s what they need now, and that’s what their adult children, many of whom are boomers planning for their own present and future care needs, are struggling to provide. 

Unaware of the options and frustrated by the seeming impossibility of taking the 19th century farmhouse and making it “senior-friendly” (or just trying to keep up with maintenance), adult children often throw their hands up in defeat, encouraging Mom or Dad to ditch the aging abode in favor of something that’s easier to maintain, and safer for maneuvering. But moving out of a home after a lifetime of living within its walls is no easy task, especially for seniors who have paid off the mortgage years ago. The idea of moving elsewhere, especially in this economy, is unnerving and impractical.  

Thankfully, there are solutions.

Enter universal design, an emerging movement that is changing the way homes on the present and future market look as we face the graying of America. Essentially, universal design considers the needs of everyone in the home – and for the long haul – instead of building and remodeling based on a perpetually young, unencumbered, and mobile tenant. 

Industry experts are watching this trend in design and remodeling unfold. In this MSN.com article, The National Association of Home Builders said that 75% of remodelers reported getting more requests for AIP projects from customers ages 45 and up. Of those requests, 75% were planning for future needs, and 53% were living with aging parents. 

Whether you renovate an entire floor of your home, build an addition (i.e. the mother-in-law suite) or complete several home modifications in stages, it is possible to age in place without moving out. 

Colorful magazine organizers including these pink and blue things are a big help to the crowded Sandwich Generation

1. Simplify, simplify, simplify: Decluttering, streamlining, and organizing the home is one of the easiest (and most affordable) means for adapting the home. Those boxes of old National Geographic magazines, that dining room table piled with paperwork and bills, the closet that’s inaccessible because it’s full of old clothes and holiday decorations, and overstuffed shelves, drawers & cabinets are not only unattractive, they’re a fall risk, a hazard, an obstacle to efficiency. It doesn’t have to be spring to do some much need clearing, condensing, and consolidating. And should you or a loved one eventually require a transition to a care facility, the work of downsizing from a multi-bedroom home to a room/apartment will be easier.

2. Ramp it up: Installing wheelchair ramps at the home’s most-used exits/entrances enhances independence and prevents home “imprisonment”. Additionally, stair lifts allow access to a 2nd floor bathroom or bedroom. Learn more about different styles and models of ramps, as well as the installation process, here. 

3. Let there be light: Lighting can make a significant difference when it comes to preventing falls and easing mobility in the home. On one hand, certain lighting fixtures (like floor lamps, for example) can be dangerous if they have long wires that are exposed/in the walking (tripping) path of the homeowner. Installing additional lights (or windows to let in more natural light) in high-traffic areas and frequently-used rooms makes the home safer – and more attractive.

Caring for elderly parents - pink things like these canes are an encouragement for them

4. Watch where you step: You walk all over it every day but probably don’t give it much thought until your balance or gait is compromised. Flooring in all rooms of the house can easily present a fall risk, as can rugs that are bulky, shift around easily, or have corners that catch on walkers, canes or wheelchairs. For optimal mobility, hard flooring is best.

5. Keep things dry in the water closet: In the bathroom, where the majority of fall-related injuries occur, it’s essential to implement non-skid surfaces. Make sure all surfaces (counters, tubs/shower floors, etc.) stay dry. For examples of bath safety improvements and products, click here.

6. Lend a hand: Chair rails in hallways, grab bars in the bathroom, and other touch points for safe and supported maneuvering can dramatically reduce the risk of falls and promote independence within the home.

An added bonus? After home modifications have been made to accommodate an aging resident, these features, if done well, can certainly be highlighted as a selling point for future homebuyers (i.e. those young adults who are already thinking about taking care of Mom, Grandpa, or another senior relative). Invest wisely; prepare your home now.

Committed to helping people retain their independence and freedom, 101 Mobility is the nation’s leading sales, service and installation provider of a complete line of mobility and accessibility products and equipment that may be customized to suit each individuals’ home care needs. Find out more about 101 Mobility and all their mobility solutions via www.101mobility.com or call 877.350.2755. 

Wasn't that a great article full of excellent and practical suggestions? Many thanks to Michelle Seitzer for another excellent resource for all of us in the Sandwich Generation!

P.S. Happy Pink Saturday. :). 

The NIH is a great resource for the Sandwich Generation caregiver caring for the aging parents in their familyTalk about perfect timing for the Sandwich Generation! Last week, right after I wrote in "Tips for the Sandwich Generation – From Benefits for Caregivers to Travel Tips For Elderly Parents" about one of my favorite resources for caregivers, the NIH – National Institutes of Health, I got a very interesting letter from them to tell us all about some of their great new resources at the site. Take a peek:

NIHSeniorHealth.gov Gets New Look, Enhanced Features

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces the expansion and updating of NIHSeniorHealth, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) health and wellness website designed for older adults. The redesigned site includes:

  • more menu choices
  • longer pages
  • new search feature that offers access to a wider range of senior-related health resources

Presented in an inviting, colorful, and still easy-to-use format, the new NIHSeniorHealth features nearly 60 health topics, more than 150 open-captioned videos, as well as frequently asked questions, quizzes, and web training materials—all especially designed for baby boomers and their aging parents.

Health information is one of the key topics that older adults search for online according to the Pew Research Center, and since its launch in 2003, NIHSeniorHealth has been an accessible source of reliable, up-to-date health information for adults 60 plus. Built to address cognitive and vision changes that commonly occur with age, NIHSeniorHealth includes senior-friendly features such as large type, simple navigation, and open-captioned videos that make the site especially easy for older adults to use.

Current topics cover:

Visitors to the site can also learn about ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat aging-related diseases and conditions such as:

  • COPD
  • arthritis
  • cancer
  • glaucoma

Coming soon are topics on prescription drug abuse, hip replacement surgery, and older driver safety. Visit the new NIHSeniorHealth at www.nihseniorhealth.gov and be sure to sign up for free updates. 

Isn't that great news for all of us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation, caring for our aging parents! Talk about great resources for caregivers! What do you think of their site? Have you visited it yet. I use it often and very much appreciate it. 🙂 

Encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation John 1 1 and 3 letters

I've enjoyed focusing on WORDS the last couple of weeks including lots of fun with phonics and spelling as we have been playing the Words With Friends game apps as well as Hangman, I've also seen a focus on THE WORD here and in my grandsons' schoolwork, as they are memorizing the encouraging Bible verses from John 1. That's one of my favorite passages! I love the way it points up the importance of The Word and the fact that IN Jesus "all things came into being" AND the truth that Jesus, The Word, is God. What joy to join with Thomas and say, "My Lord and my God !" John 20:28. 

Encouraging Bible verses for the Sandwich Generation John 1 1 and 3 wordfoto r.jpg

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testified about Him and cried out, saying, "This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.' " 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses ; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.  John 1:1-17

I've shared these very thoughts with my grandkids over the last couple of week, planting sweet seeds of the Word of God in their hearts and minds along with the prayer that God would multiply those seeds into a blessed harvest in the years and decades to come. Such a sweet joy for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny on this Word-Filled Wednesday! How about you and your grandkids? Been enjoying any particular Bible verses with them lately? We'd love to hear. 😉

P.S. I've been having fun experimenting with different photo editors and apps and writing about them, primarily on Mondays, as I research replacement(s) for Picnik.com. So I came up with TWO different variations to share some of these vital truths from John 1. Ransom Letters is at the top, followed by WordFoto, which I wrote about on Monday in The Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny Loves Fun iPhone Apps That Make for Creative Activities for Grand kids and Grandparents – Like WordFotoSeriously fun for me and, hopefully, serious fun for you. What do you think of them? 🙂