Christmas


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!

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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

 

 

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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

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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.

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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 Pinterest Board – Christmas Joys:

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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!

 

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

Simple makes Christmas holidays easier for the busy caregivers.jpgWooooooo! Can you believe Thanksgiving is already over. And Christmas is LESS than a month away! One of my grandkids even talked me into bringing the tree in from the garage last week – BEFORE Thanksgiving! This week, his twin and I will set it up. Next week, big bro will probably help me bring in ornaments and we’ll do a bit of decorating each time one comes over. That way they each get to have fun helping me this year. Then again, between moving and working, this may be a year we take it a bit easier. I have a ton of wood ornaments for all my grandkids to have fun decorating. After we brought in the tree, grandtwin two colored a couple of ornaments for me and hung them on the tree. Perhaps if each grandkids does that, we may just have a simpler tree full of sweet 2014 memories. Hmmmm….that sounds GRAND to me. 🙂

In the meantime, I did manage to do a TINY bit of bloggy decorating. I apologize for being a tad early for the Christmas decor but if I didn’t do it then, it might not have gotten done. (As an example, I started this 5 days ago and got interrupted and am just NOW getting back to it 🙂 And I definitely wanted to be ready for Denise Brown’s annual Holiday Progressive Blog Party which begins Dec. 8. You can find her badge over on the right side of this page. Do be sure to pop in and visit her AND me AND many other fellow caregivers to receive AND give encouragement and sweet greetings. We’d love to see and hear from you. For that matter, be sure to check out all the very interesting articles from the 10 Tips for Caregivers series from the month of November, including 10 Grand Apps for Caregivers by moi! 🙂

And, speaking of my right columns, I’d also like to point out some other goodies for you. I’ve updated my Twitter boxes to make them even more useful for you. The top box of Tweets is primarily my tweets and resources at Twitter while underneath you’ll find items from some of my fave tweeters giving us a grand Sandwich Generation variety of tweets from eldercare tips to activity ideas for the grandkids to words of encouragement and more. Mine are updated daily (barring minor and major crises) and the general Sandwich Generation tweets are updated continually throughout the day – giving you a constant source of ideas, tips and encouragement whenever you have the time for a few precious minutes at the computer. 🙂

Twitter is one of my favorite tools, with tons of useful resources for the Sandwich Generation including the twice-a-month #ElderCareChat, cohosted by Denise and Michelle Seitzer of Seniors for Living. The last topic was especially grand for this time of year, Managing Holiday Stress. Click here to find a transcript of the chat, full of tips and ideas for helping caregivers and their carees during the fun, but sometimes stressful holiday season.

I don’t know about you, but I can always use extra resources and ideas for simplifying and destressing any caregiving day and especially lovely but busy holidays. Hopefully these tips and resources AND fun blog party will be a big help to all of us as we continue to enjoy the holiday season. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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