taking care of aging parents

My senior mom and I are on the move! Would you believe this photo was taken about the same time and place as the photo at SandwichINK Real Estate Info? God’s world is so awesome where ever He moves us to! πŸ™‚

Scripture words of encouragement on the road for the Sandwich Generation

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Β Psalm 91:1

How’s the sky in YOUR neck of the woods? πŸ™‚

 

My senior mom and I both appreciate the Amazon Prime Discount Membership with all the free tv shows through their instant downloads to her iPad and my iPhone - and probably Androids as welliPads are GRAND! My senior mom keeps telling ME that now. And keeps saying, "I wish I'd taken your advice and gotten one sooner! I LOVE this." πŸ™‚ Now that's music to a geeky Sandwich Generation baby boomer's ears, I gotta say! πŸ™‚ 

She's been especially happy this summer, with so few of her favorite shows on, since I started having her watch some interesting British police dramas on Amazon – for FREE. Because I have the Amazon Prime Discount Membership, it gives me access to a ton of free instant downloads of older (and sometimes newer) TV shows and movies. You do have to be careful, of course. Just like with cable. I tried one show with a fave actress who shall remain nameless. After 15 minutes, I turned it off, VERY disappointed at the language on that show – including from said actress. It was WAY worse than the norm, which is often bad enough! But there are plenty of other shows to enjoy and we are both having fun checking out some old favorites from days gone by. The hard part is remembering the names of fave old TV shows, so if you have any to suggest, we'd love to hear about them in the comments.

ONE BIG CAVEAT for sharing the iPad with our senior parents. If you have done so or are going to do so, do it FAST and then DO NOT UPGRADE THE IPAD TO IOS7 RIGHT AWAY. My bright and techie daughter saw a preview of it. Now mind you, she is the one that got me going on the iPhone when I didn't think I'd like it. And she is the one I still call the most for help because she really gets it. (Actually, all my kids have surpassed my tech skills when it comes to the iPhone and iPad and HOORAY for them for doing so coz I love that they can help me as I help my senior parents and loved ones! πŸ™‚ ). After looking at the preview, she said to hold off updating for a long time as they have made MANY new changes – including to many of the familiar icons. I know that will slow me down and frustrate me. But it will REALLY frustrate my mom – and many other seniors. So best to keep things as they are for the time being – or if you haven't yet started them on an iPad, you could also wait a few months until AFTER the big change – then start teaching. Mind you, I'm not saying it won't be better overall – there's a lot of intriguing things built into it – but it will be a LOT different.

Pink things like iPad cases are a delight for many in the Sandwich Generation particularly on Pink Satuday

Learning new technology can be challenging for anyone. Learning it as an older senior is triply challenging. And throwing a HUGE monkey wrench into the process, like a major update with so many changes including the icons they look for, can take all the fun out of it for them. So I, for one, will definitely wait a LONG time before upgrading my mom. How about you? πŸ™‚ 

P.S. You can find out more about the upcoming changes here and here. πŸ™‚

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

Say it Saturday is a fun linkup for all of us boomers and seniors including grandparents writing about their grandkids

Fun for grandparents - in AND out of the Sandwich Generation - at Grand Social

My senior mom was shocked to discover You have mail is the same plot line as the Judy Garland musical In the Good Old Summertime - fun for us allI managed to shock my senior mom today!

"Did you know that the movie, In the Good Old Summertime, (with Van Johnson and Judy Garland) was basically the same plot-line as You've Got Mail?" (with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) I asked her. 

"No it's not!" She replied.

"Yup! I was doing research for an article and looked at some of the clips of the songs"  (I LOVE Judy Garland, so it was easy to "get lost" in all those fun old songs!). "As I watched it, I'm thinking 'This is the same plot line as You've Got Mail. So I checked it out at Wikipedia and it WAS the same basic plot line!"

It was fun to surprise her and fun to watch the clips of a cute old movie set in a different century – back when cars and horses shared the road much more than they do now. (Yes, we do have that occasionally but it's the exception rather than the rule.)

The funny thing is, as much as I loved Judy Garland, I wasn't that crazy about this particular movie, though my mom and dad loved it. However, I really enjoyed You've Got Mail, as did she. You'd think one of us might have noticed this sooner. Did you or your senior parents? πŸ™‚

Whether you did or not, here's a fun clip of the movie trailer including part of the song, In the Good Old Summertime, complete with the phrase – be my tootsie wootsie.

Bet our grandkids would love that nickname. Happy Summer to y'all! 

 

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

Travel Tips for the Sandwich Generation - Boomers and Seniors - planning on bathing at hotels - make sure your room has an easy to access tubWhile visiting family, I stayed the first night at a hotel as my flight got in very late. Feeling very confident the room would work well for me, as I had followed my own travel tips to make sure the room was on the first floor, I walked into the bathroom and gawked at the bathtub. The sides seemed so high! I finally decided my eyes were playing tricks on me as I was so tired so I headed for bed and slept like a log. 

Feeling much better when I woke the next morning, after a solid seven hours sleep,  I walked back into the bathroom, rubbed my eyes, then realized the sides of that tub really were higher than the norm for this hotel, and any other hotel I've ever stayed at! Sure enough, when I climbed into the tub, I was OK but it was DEFINITELY high!

I was really glad my senior mom wasn't with me on this trip. She would NEVER have been able to get into that tub. While I'm sure many bath soakers probably love that tub,  I'm pretty sure many senior citizens would have great difficulty getting into it. (For that matter, most of my grandkids would have needed help too!) Yet another reason to follow #1 on my list of 12 Travel Tips for Senior Home Care Givers and Their Carees. If any of you have any kind of health issues, always ask if the hotel/motel has handicapped rooms available. While they can vary widely from room to room, they should still offer easier access to bathroom sinks, toilets, and tubs, which is so important.

How about you and your Sandwich Generation family? Have you ever had a hotel room with a bathtub/shower that was too hard to get into? We'd love to hear.