The Sandwich Generation Issues – News and Information for Boomers and Seniors, December 10, 2012

by Kaye Swain

Baby Boomer and Senior Citizen News is an important part of SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation sIt's time for another roundup of great news items and resources to help those of us in the Sandwich Generation, juggling the multigenerational caregiving issues in our family:

The Sandwich Generation Issues

If you, like me, were unable to attend the most recent #ElderCareChat on 12/5/12 about Scam Prevention for Seniors and Caregivers, click here for the grand recap.

ElderCare

Tis the season for us to be so busy with the regular issues of caregiving and kids along with the extra duties that go with buying and wrapping gifts, Christmas parties and more. That can make it easier to miss little health symptoms that could spell big problems for our aging parents. Here are three quick reference helps:

  1. Symptoms of heart attack from the NIH (National Institute of Health) BUT REALLY, IF YOU HAVE ANY SERIOUS CONCERN YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE DEALING WITH A HEART ATTACK  - PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIVES FROM THE NIH - Call 9–1–1 for help right away if you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack. You also should call for help if your chest pain doesn't go away as it usually does when you take medicine prescribed for angina. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
  2. Symptoms of stroke from Mayo Clinic and NIH AND AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE ANY SERIOUS CONCERN YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE DEALING WITH A STROKE  - PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIVES FROM THE NIH - Call 9–1–1 for help right away if you believe someone is having a stroke – if he or she suddenly loses the ability to speak, or move an arm or leg on one side, or experiences facial paralysis on one side – call 911 immediately.
  3. CPR basics from the Mayo Clinic, including "hands-only CPR" which is recommended for those untrained in CPR.

Grandparents and Grandkids

If you have older grandkids, interested in boomerangs like mine, you and they might enjoy this article on how to make your own boomerangs.

More grandparents are spending their golden years caring for grandchildren.

Holiday Joys for Family Fun

Oh my, check out these Adorable Recycled Tree Ornaments.

And one of my favorites, Enchanted Learning has some more fun and easy Christmas crafts for our whole family – from kids and grandkids to aging seniors. 

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Don't you love all the great resources and news for all of us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation! These roundups are a regular part of SandwichINK, along with the tips and info I share at PinterestTwitter, Facebook, and G+, so be sure to follow me there and…

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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