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Kaye Swain Roseville real estate agent blogger shares aging in place healthy eating tips

Lots going on around my neck of the woods. How about yours? 🙂 I’m staying busy working  hard at eating healthy as I plug away on real estate projects including searching for the just perfect 55+ retirement home for a house-hunting client, a fellow baby boomer helping senior parents. And oh my, there are some lovely ones in our Roseville Rocklin Lincoln Sacramento area, I have to say. Three by Del Webb, as well as some other great options.

There are even some delightful “patio homes” by Silverado. They have no real yard, just a little patio for plants. But the houses are gorgeous and range from small to large. There’s even a two-story model with the upstairs area most likely used by caregivers who spend the night or family caregivers who live with the senior. Plus it offers an emergency alert pendant similar to my senior mom’s Lifeline Alert Pendant by Philips. Only this pendant works all through the property area and it signals emergency care personnel who are on an adjoining care facility’s premises 24/7. A very nice option for older boomers and seniors or those with health issues that allow them to be at home with careful care and monitoring. We considered that as it would give my mom an extra cushion of care when I’m out and about. But the patio option that was available at the time was too small and too dark to allow my mom to grow her beloved tomatoes so we went a different direction that is working well for us.

One especially nice thing about all the Del Webb retirement homes and others in the area is that they offer heated swimming pools that allow boomers and seniors to exercise more easily. A great way of staying healthier and active longer! That’s a vital component to successful aging in place.

How about y’all? Do you have these aging in place options in your neck of the woods? I’d love to hear in the comments or at the Facebook page. 🙂

Eating Healthy Tips to Lose Weight

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You may remember I wrote in past posts about trying different options in my quest for eating healthy to lose some weight. I spent decades being underweight. Then my metabolism changed and now I’ve joined the ranks of watching my weight – not very successfully the last few years, I’m afraid. I once did the Southbeach Diet and lost about 20-30 pounds and loved it. But I went back to normal eating (and cheating) and gained it all back plus 10. Then I tried the Fat Belly Diet and really liked that. Too much. Especially when I discovered it allowed dark chocolate and cashews. Sadly, those are such favorites I ate a few too many and that failed for me too, though I still think it’s got some good points – just avoid the chocolate and cashews.

Now I’m on a just plain healthy eating diet – low fat and healthy fats, low calorie but tasty calories – and doing much better. I’ve gone two months with no sodas – hooray! And two months with no chocolate – hooray. And I’m half way to my goal. And I have to admit I’m doing fine. I do miss the extra energy from my Cherry Cokes! But I’m walking daily – 2 – 4 miles most days, sometimes more. And the kudos I got from my granddaughter today made it doubly worthwhile. Plus I’m immersing myself in healthy eating cookbooks including the Taste of Home Comfort Foods Diet Book (I have one and there appear to be several others – yummmm) and the very cool Eat This Not That! magazine I purchased in the grocery store. That has a ton of great recipes, tips, and resources.

I’m keeping a daily check on what I eat using the iPhone app CalorieKing (they don’t seem to have it for the Android yet but they do have a great website for all) and on how much I walk with my fave Pedometer. Though I also added the Walker app as it shows me how many calories I’ve burned. (Again, both of these seem to be only for the iPhone but they do have several similar apps for the Android to check out.)  One tip though. Walker shows you how many calories your walk burned and CalorieKing lets you type in that amount and subtracts it from the total calories you’ve eaten for the day, which in theory gives you more calories to eat. In reality, I put on another pound when I did that. So now I just look at how much energy I’ve burned but I’m sticking with my daily goal of 1350-1400 calories. And putting to good use the various healthy eating ideas I’ve found online as well as in my books. I’ve created a new Pinterest board – Low Carb and Fat and added tons of great tips and recipes. You can find it at Pinterest.com/KayeSwainRE/recipes-low-carbfat  🙂

Bible Verse Coloring Pages for Grandkids

Speaking of grandkids, it’s almost time for Vacation Bible School and I’m looking forward to it. How about you? Are you helping with one? I’m leading a group again this year. They’ve chosen some great Bible verses for it from 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true.

It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again.

It is useful for training us to do what is right.

By using Scripture, the servant of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.

Isn’t that terrific for sharing with our grandkids? And they are coupling the Bible verses with the Armor of God. So, of course, I’m working on Bible verse coloring pages for the class as well as sharing them with my grandkids. 🙂

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Christianity Cove for sharing freely 5 Bible story pictures including the Armor of Faith. They are making a cute combo with the verses, which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

Kaye Swain Roseville CA shares Bible verse coloring pages Scripture Truth

(Please note, this is the corrected version – saying Belt of Truth 😉 )

 

Have a great week!

Well, that’s it for now. Have a lovely week full delicious and healthy eating and exercise, not to mention plenty of sweet hugs!  🙂
Kaye

 

 

 

 

Rain, Raincoats, and Walking Trails in the Sacramento Area

It’s been a lovely rainy, off and on, week here in the Sacramento area of California. Our flowers and plants are quite happy with all the gorgeous rain. I’m especially grateful for the off and on part as it avoids the floods that many are concerned about with the El Nino fully upon us! And hooray, it was MOSTLY off last night while I was helping at church – outside. Another thing to be grateful for, along with the humoungous umbrella they had for me. That and my lovely raincoat kept me nicely toasty. In fact, thanks to that lovely raincoat, I’ve been able to enjoy the walking trails here in Roseville on occasion.

Kaye Swain Roseville CA blog sharing caregivers survival guide and multigenerational caregiving tips

My senior mom gets too chilly to walk in the rain. She and I tried to take a walk yesterday in the afternoon. We made it down about 5 houses when the sky grew darker and the hint of moisture in the air turned into full-on droplets so we headed back to the house. Her umbrella would have protected her head but her pants would have gotten pretty wet as it was also a bit windy. It’s hard enough for my sweet mom to deal with pant changes once a day. No sense making it twice a day. We both agreed, though, that the walk – short tho it was – was well worth it. The fresh air, the little bit of walking exercise, and the chit-chat were all a sweet delight.

Walking Is So Healthy for All Ages Including Elderly Senior Citizens

My mom has gone from walking a couple of miles a day only 2-3 years ago to around the block for the last couple of years. She misses her longer walks but enjoys the short ones when weather and her health permit. And the funny thing is, I was never one for walking. Stairs and grandkids kept me plenty active. But now, for the moment, we aren’t as close distance-wise and I am in a single story house which is better for my mom. So now I am the one taking the longer walks and thoroughly enjoying living where there are so many lovely walking trails. Whenever one of the kids or grandkids calls, I pop in my earbuds and head out to walk. Plus I often listen to a verse by verse Bible study while walking. It makes walking a lot more fun for me and keeps me active which is quite healthy. AND it leads to lovely photos which find their way all over the place – in letters, emails, text messages and online including at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. Very cool.

Walking is so important for all ages. My senior dad also set such a good example for so many by walking daily all through his later years, even when his Parkinsons Disease progressed. Eventually he walked with a rollator walker and other walking aids for seniors. And he finally rode in style in a wheelchair, often with a sweet great-grandchild on his lap. I often think of him as I walk away all around our area of West Roseville! Did you know that regular walking has been shown to help boomers and seniors to “decrease their risk of disability and increase their likelihood of maintaining independence” per ScienceDaily.com? Yet another reason I really appreciate my sweet city of Roseville CA with all its lovely walking trails, open spaces, and nature preserves. It does make walking more fun and interesting!

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger recommends our walking trails to stay healthy and enjoy aging in place for boomers and seniors and all ages including grandkids

Cute Critters and Uplifting Bible verse for Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens

It also can lead to spotting cute critters from frogs and fish to ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, and egrets! Zowie. Those always send me home with a huge smile on my face, that’s for sure. Here are some I’ve gotten to see over the past few months:

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain appreciates So many awesome critters in and around Roseville CA

Egret Joys Right Beside the Walking Trails

Can you see the egret – the little white critter just to the left at the bottom of the Bible verses? He was so cute. I first saw him in one spot, so I walked over to take a closer photo but when I got there he was gone. I turned around and he was over in a field near where I had been! So I quickly walked back to him. He must have felt a bit guilty so he stood there and posed for me so prettily. But he was also wise enough to be in “protected space” while I had to stay on the walking trail so I still couldn’t get too close to him. But here’s a cropped photo so you can see him bigger, albeit fuzzier.

Kaye Swain Roseville CA real estate agent blogger shares egret by walking trails

A few months ago, I spotted one in the rice fields on the way to the Sacramento International Airport. But I’ve never seen one in Roseville before. Very fun!

Old Christian Hymns of Joy

Thinking of this cute egret, and all God’s awesome critters He created so beautifully, reminded me of one of the delightful old Christian hymns, All Creatures of Our God and King. The last two stanzas are especially lovely:

5 All you who are of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part;
alleluia, alleluia!
All you who pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care;
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

6 Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
alleluia, alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One:
O praise him, O praise him,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Here it is, being sung by the Robert Shaw Chorale. Isn’t it lovely?

 

Verse By Verse Bible Studies in John

Bible study John 17 on John 7:1-13 Opposed by His Family

 

 

Coloring Pages for Boomers and Seniors and Grandkids

Egret coloring pages from walking trails joys for seniors and boomers

 

Christian blogger REALTOR Kaye Swain shares scripture coloring pages adults and grandkids with encouraging uplifting Bible verses for elderly senior citizens

 

Have a lovely week. And be sure to do some walking or other exercise and encourage your elderly parents and other loved ones to walk as well. It’s good for your hearts in a multitude of ways and ages, from grandkids to great grandparents. 🙂

 

Kaye

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Sweet fall foliage in Roseville California via Kaye Swain blogger REALTOR multigenerational caregiver

Fall and Granddog Joys

The sweet fall season is flitting by quickly, isn’t it. In fact, have you noticed that time just seems to be on jet-propelled rocket ships! Wow!

Granddog and grandkids are sweet joys in the life of Roseville CA real estate agent blogger Kaye Swain

I hope you had a safe and lovely holiday weekend. Ours was fairly quiet though we did get to enjoy fun phone times with grandkids and fun visits with our granddog and his family. Very delightful indeed!

Aging in Place Joys

 

Kaye Swain sharing MLS 15067077-6664 Silver Mill Way Roseville, CA 95678-3447 full front yard 1200

Isn’t this a lovely home? I am helping market it for my real estate business. And yay! It’s another grand example of a practical home for aging in place goals. Single story, easy entry, lovely floor plan, plenty of room (1700 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms). I love that the master bathroom has a separate shower and tub. So much easier for all ages and especially elderly seniors. I just wish builders would incorporate that into all bathrooms, don’t you? 🙂

This home is especially nice since it is quite close to stores and restaurants (less than a mile). I love buying or renting in areas like that when I can as it gives seniors more options if they have to give up driving. My senior mom routinely walked 2-4 miles a day up until the last couple of years. She would have LOVED living in this house as she would easily walk to a couple of parks as well as some of her fave stores like Lowes, Winco, and maybe even Kohls on a day she was feeling plenty of energy. Then she could stop for a burger at In-N-Out and head back home. We thoroughly enjoyed that when my kids were little. And even if your senior parent couldn’t walk it, it could make for a nice outing with a wheelchair, don’t you think? Do you have stores or restaurants within walking distance of your home?

Grandkid and Senior Activity Joys

Have you looked at my Kids and Grandkids Pinterest board recently? I’ve been enjoying building up the fun activities for kids and grandkids. There are loads of fun autumn crafts. Now I’ll be adding more Christmas and New Year’s. Where has the year gone!!! I even added some fun jokes and riddles pages.

Follow Kaye Swain’s board Grand for Kids & Grandkids on Pinterest.

It’s a great resource for us for fun ideas for at-home projects with our kids and grandkids. I love when they give me a call and we get to enjoy a nice chat while comparing and discussing fun projects from it for them to enjoy. I also added some great word searches that I had printed out for my grandkids. One granddaughter in particular LOVES to do those so she was ecstatic when the package arrived with new word search projects. I’m so grateful for email and cell phones that let us stay close even when the miles seem so far away! And, here’s another fun coloring page for her and you and yours to enjoy. 🙂

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Girl from Kaye Swain Roseville CA with Christian coloring pages for grandkids thru adults

Holiday Joys and Sorrows

 

One of the harder things about the holidays is the way it reminds us that we may be farther away from loved ones than we might like. Whether it’s grandkids living long distance or loved ones of all ages already in heaven, it can cause this season of fun and joy to include tears and sorrow. I was happy to see that some of the local churches here in Roseville CA are offering GriefShare resources for the holidays. If you, or someone you know, is dealing with this, you can go to GriefShare by clicking here, type in your zip code, and it will show you many of the options that might be available to your area. HOWEVER, I discovered this year that not all may be showing up on GriefShare. Perhaps some churches don’t get registered. Or maybe they are doing something similar but not GriefShare itself. I learned this by spotting the holiday grief resources directly on some local churches’ websites. But neither of them showed up when I typed in my zip code. So if you try the Griefshare website but there is nothing that works well for you, I would recommend looking at the websites of churches in the area that you are comfortable visiting. You might be pleasantly surprised to find there other options locally as well.

Scripture Promise Joys

The one constant that keeps me encouraged, even on the occasional sad days we all experience, is knowing that I am never alone. As Hebrews 13 reminds us about Jesus, “He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”  Such sweet comfort always and especially in those times when grief and loss may try to rob us of our peace, whether immediately or years later.

Christian encouragement from the book of Hebrews via Kaye Swain blogger and real estate agent in Roseville CA

I snapped this photo today while walking and listening to a verse by verse Bible study right before the precious and much-needed rain started. Aren’t the leaves lovely!

Old and New Hymn Joys

I always have such a blessed and enjoyable time listening to and picking the old and new hymns for these weekly boomer and senior devotionals. I usually find several I love before I make my decision so I get to be showered in God’s word and music in the process. Very encouraging and uplifting! I save my faves to my YouTube playlist “Sweet Sunday Blessings” in case you’d like to listen to some of the others I listened to. That list keeps growing each week by leaps and bounds, as some of the songs I add are, themselves, part of someone else’s playlist of grand hymns and contemporary praise songs. That means we can enjoy listening to many sweet hymns of all varieties – from very traditional to contemporary versions. Plenty of choices for all ages from sweet seniors to adorable grandkids.

This week I thought it would be easy. I had heard the song I wanted a while back and chose to save it for today. Then couldn’t find where I saved it – which led to the sweet joy of listening to several other awesome versions before accidentally re-finding the one I wanted. I hope you are as blessed as I was with this version of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by GLAD. Sung in beautiful acappella and with a lovely video, it stirred my heart to remember God is truly for us FOREVER!

Verse by Verse Joys

The next in the series of verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John, taught by Santa Barbara pastor, David Guzik:

Sweet Joys To You

Have a blessed and beautiful week to come. Whether caring for elderly parents, helping with grandkids, or both, know that your beloved God is right there with you – always and forever.

Kaye

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest boards for fun ideas and easy crafts for you along with your grandkids and/or sweet seniors to enjoy year-round and at the holidays. 🙂

 

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street Roseville CA 95747 MLS 15046800

As long time readers know well, multigenerational and aging in place options are favorite themes for me. I am always on the lookout for great ones to use for or share with my family as well as for my real estate clients. They can be tough to find in some areas and at some times. But right now, sweet multigenerational homes with great aging in place options seem to be abounding everywhere, including my sweet home town of Roseville CA in the Sacramento area!

I don’t know about you but I enjoy looking at photos of homes. It’s fun to “tour them” virtually. And it can give us great ideas to implement in our own homes or down the road when we may be house hunting due to multigenerational needs.  This home is in West Roseville CA and it would be a fun delight for grandkids and grandparents alike, don’t you think? Starting with floors that are easy to clean. Always nice with those cute grandkids, don’t you think?

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It’s a beautiful two-story home with 3800 square feet. I’ve never lived in a home larger than 2400 square feet. That one was big but a bit squished when my senior parents moved into the master bedroom. The next year, after my sweet dad had gone to heaven and my mom was still living with me, it shrank a bit more when 2 of my kids and 4 grandkids moved in with us for a while. We absolutely loved doing it! It was a huge help to them and a sweet blessing to my mom and me. But I would REALLY have appreciated 3800 square feet, I’m telling you! Tak the kitchen/great room pictured below. It’s spread out nicely so you can all be hanging out in that area and not be “right on top of each other.” And, of course, there’s a whole other floor above and plenty of room outside. Space is a big blessing for many multigenerational families, that’s for sure.

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street West Roseville CA 95747 kitchen great room 1200

This home has one of my favorite features  – a bedroom and full bathroom downstairs which is a huge help for senior parents, whether they live with you or use it when visiting. But that’s not all! It has SIX bedrooms AND 4.5 bathrooms (including a walk-in shower – always helpful for elderly parents). Awesome options for a variety of needs – whether you are upsizing due to family needs, working from your home (in which case you have at least two terrific office choices), and more.

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street West Roseville CA 95747 pool and playhouse 767

Wander out into the back yard and you’ll discover plenty of room for all sorts of fun activities. My grandkids and I used to play ball tag in a yard this big and it was glorious. They could run and run and have a blast. it got ALL their wiggles out (well, most of them, anyway. 🙂 ). And at this house, if there are still wiggles, I bet that solar-heated built-in swimming pool would take care of them quite nicely. Did I mention the “piece de resistance!” A very cool two-story fort / play structure. Awesome!

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street West Roseville CA 95747 pool and table 768

It’s close to the local elementary school, Coyote Ridge Elementary (School tip for anyone anywhere you may be househunting, always call the school to confirm if that is, indeed, where your kids / grandkids will go. Due to fluctuating needs and age demographics within a city, the school that is nearest you may NOT be the school they will go to. So it’s always best to check on schools BEFORE you buy. And to realize that, even if you do, it can change again.). This home is also nice and close to the Bill Santucci park which boasts of 2 barbeques, a play area for school-aged kids and grandkids, 2 baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, 2 soccer fields, a covered picnic area, 10 picnic tables, belt and bucket swings, and a restroom. It’s one of  OVER 70 great parks we have in Roseville CA and we are quite appreciative of them all!

You might be asking, why does one need a park when this house is like living in your own park? It’s still nice to have parks nearby as a way of meeting neighbors and new playmates, having a lovely place to take long walks (especially delightful right now with the weather so balmy), and having extra room for a large get-together. When I was a kid, we used to have family reunions with one side of our family every year. When there was just a handful of us, it was easy to host in anyone’s home. By the time the kids had kids and our gatherings were about 50+, we all especially appreciated the park that was right next door to one of my aunts and uncles. This park isn’t quite next door but it’s only .02 miles away! Quite nice to add some extra space if you needed it. And as so many of us know, when you have multigenerational families living together, you may need it much more than you think. 🙂

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street Roseville CA 95747 front yard MLS 15046800

Something else to consider is garage size. First you need to think about how you want to use the garage (park cars, wood working shop, inside play area for the grandkids which is really nice during prolonged bad weather or ?). Then determine how big your garage needs to be and put that on your house hunting list. One of my real estate clients had a major railroad layout that takes up two full garages. He loved working on it, especially with the grandkids. He didn’t care if he parked in the garage or not. His wife, however, preferred parking in the garage. So they put 3+ garages on their wish list. If you are caring for elderly parents, you might want to be sure you have room to park in the garage with them as it is usually less slanted and easier for them. Not to mention easier access for special needs, bad weather, etc. A larger house, like this one, will often have 3 or more garages. This particular house has a wonderful FOUR garages! Big enough for a wide variety of multigenerational options.

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street West Roseville CA 95747 master bathroom shower tub MLS 15046800

Another nice thing about this that I always look for when I’m househunting for myself or my clients – how close is it to grocery stores and gas stations? So many of us are or have been juggling multigenerational needs with work, school, doctor appointments, and more. Being able to quickly run out to a nearby store for certain basic staples is definitely a requirement for me!

We can’t all buy a 3,800 square foot home like this. I never have and probably never will. But it’s fun to dream. And even if you are looking at less square footage, hopefully this fun and virtual home tour has given you a lovely example of great things to look for when you, or someone you love, are thinking of upsizing to make room for elderly senior parents, kids or grandkids moving in, or both, don’t you think? What do you like best about it?

Kaye Swain Real Estate Agent blogger sharing about 1816 Cymbeline Street Roseville CA 95747 MLS 15046800

P.S. This home has been sold. But if you live in the Roseville – Sacramento area and want to other homes for sale, do give me a call at 657-229-5293 or email me at Kaye@KayeSwain.com. I’d love to help you with all your real estate needs. (And for that matter, if you live outside the Roseville area, I’d be glad to help you find a REALTOR in YOUR neck of the woods who also specializes in working with boomers and seniors, multigenerational and aging in place needs, etc.)   🙂

 

Kaye Swain Roseville CA REALTOR and social media blogger enjoys visiting Roses of Inspiration for ideas info and Christian encouragement

 

Kaye Swain multigenerational caregiver and REALTOR in Roseville CA loves to visit Home Matters at Life With Lorelai on Friday

 

Kaye Swain Real Estate agent and blogger in Roseville CA visits Share Your Style via The Vintage Nest Blog on Wednesday


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Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Fridays

 

 

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