Micro Monday Tips and Resources for the Sandwich Generation 9/21/09

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EldercareABC’s September 16th EldercareABC Blog Carnival is available with interesting articles and info.

A Cushioned Handle Helps Seniors Hold on to Eating Utensils. Isn’t that a great idea! I know that would help many of us in the Baby Boomer Generation as well! 🙂 Thanks to @seniorlivingexp and @GilbertGuide

20 seconds of laughter can nearly double your heart rate for up to 2 minutes, works the muscles in your abs, shoulders, chest, face, neck. A great byte of info from @BoomerHealth . We’ll have to make sure our aging parents get plenty of laughter in their lives, along with our grandkids, family members, and even ourselves!

Difficulty with activities of daily living may indicate quicker progression to dementia (Newswise). Good info to know from @caregiving who also found us this terrific quote – “Count your nights by stars, not shadows; count life with smiles, not tears.”~Italian Proverb.

This article offers great advice for skydivers, which turns out to also be great advice for Sandwich Generation senior home care givers/grandparents.

Did you know there may be a test that can determine a Smoker’s Lung Cancer Risk? I didn’t! Thanks to @Carebuzz for that important info.

Alzheimers Update: Centuries old game helps families struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease.  This could be a fun way to involve great-grandparents and great-grandkids together, and help all our brains stay healthier! Per @alzheimersdotfm

GRANDPARENTS:

A fun and FREE Kitchen Kids’ Cookbook for you and the grandkids! You can find information on how to download a pdf version or request a copy to be mailed to you. Per @brandyellen

An important tip to help us keep our grandkids safer. Be aware that some beaches may have health issues! Staph Bacteria MRSA was found in sand and water for the first time at five beaches in Washington! And if I am not mistaken, they are just starting to test the beaches! Thanks to @momlogic for the info.

A big thank you to @TwinHappyJen for nominating SandwichINK for a Twinny in the category of “Best Supporting Twin Blog.” I think you can still vote today if you’d like to cast a vote for SandwichINK 🙂 (A definite plug here!  🙂

Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD!” I love working at Awanas with my grandkids to help them learn to “treasure God’s Word and hide it in their hearts.” I also love to hear my long distance grandkids share the verses they’ve been learning in school. When we ask them to tell us their verses, it shows we really care and is a great encouragement to them.

SANDWICH GENERATION:

Here’s a great resource for writers, job hunters, career re-inventers, and iPhone users. That should pretty much cover all of us. 🙂 A big thanks to @Marelisa for such a resource-full help!

Since many Sandwich Generation senior home care givers have small businesses in the home that allow them flexibility in caregiving, I thought I’d pass on this important news tip. If you own a small business, Bible Money Matters wants to remind you that the deadline is quickly approaching for quarterly estimated tax payments. Even if you don’t own a business, but senior home care and/or grandparenting has kept you so busy you filed an extension, the final due date of October 15 is coming up QUICKLY!

In addition to taxes, Sandwich Generation headlines all point out how expensive it can be to provide senior home care for aging parents, as well as grandkids. Coupons definitely help with those expenses and HomeEverAfter has an interesting article, 27 Top Secret Links for Getting Coupons That Nobody Else Gets. I found several great ideas, including information for Amy’s – I LOVE their healthier options in microwave meals. Another of HomeEverAfter’s ways to save money is to listen to concerts online free (from Classic Concerts to the Present)

KLOVE provides a cool link – Fabulous Freebies, 2009 with lots of great goodies!

Due to technical difficulties, SandwichINK has posted a few hours later than normal. I want to give BIG THANKS to all local libraries who provide free internet access! It was a HUGE help for me, and from the looks of all the others using computers and free wifi here, it’s a big help for many! And it’s a help that is repeated all across the globe! Once again, THANK YOU! 🙂

That’s it for this week. More great Twitter tips and resources next week!

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