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WOOHOO! Thank you again for the blessing of being a nominee AND a finalist in the SeniorHomes.com 2012 Best of the Web blog awards! That's a very special honor and I really appreciate it and all of you. In addition to being a finalist, I was also a judge (for areas I was NOT nominated in, of course 🙂 ). In the process I discovered some great new resource-full sites for caregivers to share with you, off and on, over the next few weeks, starting with some of my favorites in the category of Best Government & Education Resources Sites 2012.
Not surprisingly, Medicare.gov was the top winner in this category. They have an excellent site full of resources and it's easy to navigate. My senior mom and I especially appreciate how easy it is to research medical plan information as well as her specific information 24/7 online. A very handy and useful website for all of us in the Sandwich Generation as we stay busy helping our aging parents.
Among the several excellent finalists, three stand out to me as extra useful resources for those of us in the Sandwich Generation.
Agency on Aging. They have several interesting options to help those of us in the Sandwich Generation, including their Benefits Checkup and their Eldercare Locator, which isn't JUST for finding nursing homes. Here's a peek at the choices they offer to help you find:
I also really enjoyed visiting the Penn State Intergenerational Program site. They definitely have lots of great resources for our multigenerational families, including ideas for grandparents and grandkids that proactively promote active intergenerational engagement and a multitude of links and resources for multigenerational families, those caring for aging parents, and more. It's definitely a useful site to bookmark.
One more of my favorite resources is the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and their Senior Health page is just one of many useful resources to help us help our elderly parents (not to mention ourselves).
Great resources, all and truly a positive case of our tax dollars at work! 🙂
Also, I have one last terrific resource for the Sandwich Generation – this time from our good friends at Seniors For Living – #ElderCareChat Recap 3/21/12: Travel tips for caregivers by Michelle Seitzer. It was a very interesting chat with tons of great travel tips for all of us caregivers and our elderly parents. Travel tips are, of course, a favorite topic here at SandwichINK and you'll spot one of my suggestions in this article as well. I always highly recommend Residence Inn as a great place to stay for the multigenerational family. If you stay in one of their two bedroom suites (providing it's available downstairs or with an elevator access – always be sure to ask about that WHERE EVER you stay, you will have a good-sized living room/kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Because the Residence Inn is such a family friendly place, it can be wonderful for all sorts of Sandwich Generation issues, including – I would think – elderly parents who are struggling with Sundowning, grandkids of all shapes, sizes, and any special needs, and caregivers who need a comfy bed to rest their weary heads on. It's been a favorite of our family for over 15 years – since my husband discovered it when traveling for business.