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As you all know, my baby boomer heart is reveling in any and all Autumn news as that’s my favorite season. Of course, the main news right now is the fact that Halloween is coming up in just a little over a week. It’s a good time to touch base with our senior parents who don’t live with us and remind them that if they don’t want trick or treaters, they need to turn their porch lights off. And if they do want trick or treaters, it’s the time to stock up on candy or restaurant Halloween coupons. They might also enjoy giving out “Pass-it-Ons” with encouraging Bible verses for children to all the little monsters and princess that come knocking at their door. 🙂
It’s also good to make sure our senior parents are not anxious or nervous about being alone on Halloween and if they are, look into possible options for them – such as you going to their house or vice versa, assuming they live nearby. For those who don’t live nearby, perhaps you could:
- Let a neighbor know they are alone and feeling a bit anxious.
- Ask their church’s senior ministry if there are any volunteers who could check on them for you
- Consider hiring a respite care worker just for the evening.
- Of course, a phone call or two from you, in between trick or treaters or other Halloween fun activities, is always nice. 🙂
Another bit of timely news for our seniors as well as ourselves is that November 7, 2010 is the official Fall Daylight Savings Time Change for 2010! Yikes! Wasn’t the last change just last week? Well, not really. But doesn’t it seem like it! Time just keeps zooming faster and faster!
Come November 7, it’s important for all of us in the Sandwich Generation to remember to “Spring Forward, Fall Back” by setting our clocks back one hour. And for those of us caring for elderly parents who live alone, we need to make sure they do the same. It’s also important at this time of year to change the batteries in the smoke detectors in both houses – and if any are looking a little worse for the wear or have too old of a date, make sure they get replaced. I’ve just added the time change to my calendar. How about you?