Happy New Years Fun for Grandparents and Grandchildren
Many of my favorite New Years Eve memories include young’ns! My children first – like the year we took them bowling! So fun! And then my grandkids! We have often enjoyed celebrating New Year’s Eve complete with blowers, hats, and fun games – and the final HAPPY NEW YEARS at my fave time – of about 7pm – hehehehehehe – don’t tell them!
They AND I were quite thrilled and enjoyed it thoroughly no matter the time. And it’s way better in January (since it’s dark) than in July – when we’ve occasionally done fireworks in the still bright sunlight. 🙂
If you are going to be enjoying New Year’s Eve OR Day OR really any day this week with your grandkids, here are some fun resources with tons of ideas. Have fun picking out the ones you like to enjoy with them:
While out shopping today, I noticed Valentine’s Day products are already going up. Which gave me another idea for New Years Eve joys. Getting a head start on making Valentines. And here are some fun coloring pages for all ages to enjoy:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Caring for Elderly Parents With Parkinson’s Disease
I was messaging with an online friend, another daughter caring for elderly parents, this past week. Her parent has Parkinson’s Disease, just as my senior dad did. I shared with her an interesting article I’d discovered a while back and thought y’all might enjoy it. Plus I did some digging to see if there were any updates on this topic. I found:
Lots of exciting information in these articles. I told my mom – if my dad was still here with us, we’d definitely be checking this out. If you have a loved one with Parkinsons’ Disease and have tried this, we’d love to hear your results. 🙂
Joys For the New Year For Boomers and Seniors, Caregivers and Grandparents
Isn’t this a lovely photo with a Red Cardinal – one of my senior mom’s favorite birds. Our world is so full of beauty, isn’t it God is so good to bless us with so much!
Earlier this week, “National Dog Day” was celebrated on various social media sites like Facebook(SandwichINKforTheSandwichGeneration) and Instagram (KayeSwain). As you have probably noticed, I LOVE taking photos of my whole Sandwich Generation Family including my kids, my grandkids, and my granddogs, as well as houses, home decor, walking trails, flowers, parks, and so much more. In honor of Grand-Dog Day (ironically set in the midst of the Dog Days of Summer), I had fun playing with some of those photos with a cool photo editor online (Picmonkey) as well as fun iPhone apps like the Rainbow setting from My Sketch (for my grand dog photo below) as well as Sketch Guru for the grand dog photo above. These are fun to use on photos of the grand kids as well. I have these two apps, along with Glaze, Portrait Painter and PicSketch in my “Draw Paint” folder on my iPhone. Fun tools for fun projects! Have you ever tried any of these? Or perhaps you have others? We’d love to hear about them. 🙂
CARING FOR ELDERLY PARENTS
Our senior parents are always watching out for us, aren’t they? My senior mom is so sweet and she hates to worry me. So if she takes a tumble or scratches a leg or arm, she often won’t mention it to me, even though I frequently reminder her to tell me. As a result, we occasionally end up dealing with an infected bruise. If your sweet seniors tend towards that as well, it can be a wise idea to keep your eyes open for any new “ow-eeeees” (to quote my grandkids). It’s definitely something to stay on top of as this quote from The American Physican points out that, “Despite advances in antibiotic therapy, infectious diseases continue to be a major cause of mortality in older adults.” On Facebook, we were just discussing how bad sepsis is. Per the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Sepsis is a serious illness. It happens when your body has an overwhelming immune response to a bacterial infection. The chemicals released into the blood to fight the infection trigger widespread inflammation. This leads to blood clots and leaky blood vessels. They cause poor blood flow, which deprives your body’s organs of nutrients and oxygen. In severe cases, one or more organs fail. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops and the heart weakens, leading to septic shock.
Anyone can get sepsis, but the risk is higher in….
You guessed it – THE ELDERLY is on the list as well as:
People with weakened immune systems
Infants and children
People with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and kidney or liver disease
People suffering from a severe burn or physical trauma
Common symptoms of sepsis are: fever, chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, rash, confusion, and disorientation. Doctors diagnose sepsis using a blood test to see if the number of white blood cells is abnormal. They also do lab tests that check for signs of infection.”
My senior mom discovered one of those ow-eeees recently and eventually did tell me. We headed for the doctor and she is doing well and busy taking an antibiotic. And yes! We have a great doc who immediately ordered a blood test as well, which came out fine. She’s not happy about the medication vs food timing restrictions but otherwise is hanging in there nicely. And I now understand the whole thing a bit better from researching this info to share with you. Definitely a win-win-win for us all. 🙂
School has started. Have you ever noticed that many kids do not like to talk on the telephone. The funny thing is, they all LOVED the toy telephones they had at 3-4 years old. But once they hit an age where they can really chat, they often aren’t fond of it. Fortunately a few are. I have one grandchild who is my phone buddy and we talk often – about school, fun projects, weather, etc. She keeps me updated on her brothers and sisters as well so it works great. A few other grandkids are good at texting and we enjoy keeping in touch that way. I will often send them my photo verses to encourage them, along with occasional funny chuckles or intriguing cake and cupcake ideas. (Can you tell we have some excellent bakers in our family!) The older grandkids are also quite gifted artistically and I’ve “hired” a couple of them to create greeting cards that I’ll give to their great-grandma for Christmas. It’s a delightful way to help them with school fund raisers while treating my senior mom to something special. And occasionally I still get to play a Words with Friends or Carcassonne game up close or long distance. Not as much, though. They are all growing up beautifully and we’re having fun with different activities and projects. It is a constant learning challenge but well worth it. I have to admit, I miss our past adventures but I love our current joys, so I can’t complain.
THE ART OF SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT FOR THE SANDWICH GENERATION
SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation stays busy on social media on a daily basis at:
One more good link on sepsis education and preventionWhat is Sepsis? Sepsis is a global healthcare problem. It is more…
Do pop over and enjoy plenty more and while you’re there, be sure to say HOWDY 🙂
SWEET WORDS OF ENCOURAGMENT
It’s been a tough week for our world what with fires all over the west coast and more shootings on the east coast. Not to mention the stock market issues going on. It definitely drives me to seek out encouraging and comforting Bible verses for myself and to encourage others – in my family and for you, my dear readers. Here’s one that I created last weekend, BEFORE everything happened. It’s definitely kept a smile on my face and I hope it will do the same for you.
DEVOTIONALS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
For those of you who might not be able to get out and about to church this week, here’s another lovely video and the link to the next in the sermon series on Revelation.
This is Newsboys singing the praise song, “We Believe.” The Newsboys are a contemporary Christian singing group that my grandkids and I all enjoy. Many elderly seniors may not even be familiar with them. But if they are like me, they’ll listen to the words and go, “That’s the creed I memorized as a child!” It isn’t word for word the Apostles or Nicene Creed. But when I sing it in my church, my heart rejoices to realize we are singing the same words that my grandparents used to say, my great great grandparents recited, and that the apostles and early church testified to, hundreds of years ago. I have to admit, I rarely sing this without tears falling – tears of joy at the power of God keeping His church going through all the different fiery trials over hundreds of years. And He will continue to do so until that blessed day our Lord and Savior returns! AWESOME! And AWESOME GOD!
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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.
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.
Alz.orghas 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 Pinterest Board – Christmas Joys:
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 another 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!
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! 🙂 )
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!
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