Fall Greetings to all of us, in between Halloween and Thanksgiving. And yes, these are some of the lovely AUTUMN flowers in my senior mom's gardening activities that she also enjoys on her iPad. Most are the traditional shades of red and orange but I did love this pink posy.
Walks through flowers, gardens, and parks are such a fun and relaxing way to take a bit of a caregiving break, in the midst of an extra busy season – make that YEAR – for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny and eldercare giver. How's your autumn and/or year going? Is it just me – or are we ALL extra EXTRA busy this year? 🙂
Many's the dark and gloomy night that this Sandwich Generation granny nanny has sung,
Abide with me;
fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide;
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
I know some of my elderly parents and relatives also feel like this at times when it is dark, they are alone, and a strange noise is heard outside. Especially right now, when the days are growing shorter, the nights darker, Halloween is right around the corner, and daylight savings time is chasing it – on November 6. It's a good time to give them a call in the evening and see how they are doing – emotionally as well as in general.
With the time change coming, you might also set up a time with them to pop over and change the batteries in their smoke detectors, check the light bulbs in the porch lights, make sure their locks are all working well, and have a chat about Halloween safety precautions. While some senior citizens, like me, love to hand out Christian encouragement along with yummy goodies to the kids on Halloween, many more prefer not to participate in it for safety reasons. Remind them to leave the porch light off, and only have dim lights in the front windows. Also be sure they have good curtains that are easy to close on all the windows. Most kids will respect this tiime-honored way of saying "no treats tonight" and head on to the next house. It's a good idea, though, to remind them to make sure the doors are locked up securely (did you see Thursday's guest post, Senior Citizen Home Safety Tips For the Sandwich Generation Caring for Aging Parents Near or Far? 🙂 ) and windows shut and locked as well.
How about you and your Sandwich Generation seniors? What suggestions do you have for us for Halloween security? We'd love to hear.
Pink Questions for the Sandwich Generation
Pink, pink, PINK! We are surrounded by it. It's on TV. It's in the stores. It's everywhere we look! Did we get invaded by pink aliens who are turning everything pink? Much as my grandkids would LOVE that theory, there's a much healthier answer to what's up. It's BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! The time each year for us all to educate and be educated about breast cancer and make sure we're up to date on our own check-ups AND check on our senior parents, not to mention the rest of our Sandwich Generation family.
I had to chuckle the other day while reading Facebook. I spotted the question from Elaine Miller,
"Have you been squished or squeezed yet?"
"What in the world was she writing about," I wondered. Of course, as you've probably guessed, she was referring to the regular mammograms we should all partake in.
Have you, and the women in your family – young to elderly – been checked?
Well, you'll be happy to hear that my senior mom and I can answer YES to the question on this cute country sheep clipart as we both have had ours done, just in time for this week's PINK SATURDAY! And guess what! We made a very interesting discovery. She went in last week, the last week of September, and got it done, very successfully, and she's doing great in that area. YAY. I went in this week, in October, and I got it done AND I GOT PINK GOODIES!
Pink things make staying healthy extra-fun for the Sandwich Generation
Turns out our diagnostic center, and I'm betting many others as well, give out all sorts of fun and cute pink things, from bookmarks to pens to glass cases and more, when you get your mammogram done in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, if you've been putting off getting your mammogram done, THIS IS THE MONTH TO DO IT. And maybe, just maybe, you might get some fun pink things as well. Even more importantly, you'll be taking good care of the caregiver AND your senior parents. And that's always fun for all of us – in AND out of the Sandwich Generation.
PINK Saturday MOTHER'S DAY GREETINGS to all you special moms, grandmas, aunts, and loved ones! And in case the Sandwich Generation issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren have kept you so busy you haven't yet had a chance to buy or make your Mother's Day gifts, this is your official reminder, coupled with some easy to implement last minute gift ideas for that special senior mom or grandma to help you out.
Did I forget? Not this year (I'll never admit anything for prior years 🙂 ). Shhhh, don't tell in case they're listening, but I went traditional with books for my sweet seniors. They love to read or listen to audio books and I love to encourage them – both through reading AND through encouraging books. So we're all quite happy. And if you have a moment, you could easily run to Barnes and Noble OR send a gift eCard in the email from Barnes and Noble or, my personal favorite, Amazon. And guess what – it's even PINK. 🙂
Potted plants are another sweet tradition – and there are plenty of pretty PINK options for those from flowers to cute things for the garden – perfect for those senior parents who love gardening.
If you'd prefer fun and easy crafts for you and the grand kids to give these special seniors, don't forget to check out yesterday's post, Easy Mothers Day Crafts for Grand kids and Seniors!
It's easy to get so wrapped up in caring for our elderly parents' physical needs that we totally forget those important emotional needs, like a reminder of how much we appreciate them even in this season of life. All in all, though, you still have plenty of time and lots of great and delightfully PINK ideas to get your own FAVORITE surprise for the special women in your life. And again, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
P.S. Don't forget, if you're reading this and totally out of time, you can always order a gift ecard from Amazon and just print it out on your own computer, pop it in an envelope or cute little bag, and voila – you have a lovely gift in spite of the busy-ness of your Sandwich Generation days. AND they'll enjoy picking their own surprise with your help – and having it delivered right to their front door. Enjoy! 🙂