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TREASURE TROVE FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS
Shhhh. Have you discovered it? The awesome treasure trove of delights and resources for boomers and seniors – and especially those who are grandparents? I have one in my city. Actually, I have over 70 for the grandkids, 3 of which include extra goodies for grandparents and non-grandparents. What am I talking about? Parks and libraries!
Of course, every city is different. There might be some cities that aren’t quite as useful as mine. Then again, I’ve spent in-depth time at parks and libraries in at least 7 cities across the country – big and little – and found similar resources in each, so hopefully you have the same.
PARKS, LIBRARIES AND GRANDKIDS = FUN
What AM I talking about? Well, there’s the obvious of course. Parks are awesome for answering that question, “Are there any things to do in Roseville while we are visiting, Grandma?” Or perhaps they might ask, “I’m booooooored – what can we do, Grandpa?” Parks have all sorts of fun play equipment to delight our grandkids and give them wonderful family memories with grandparents for decades to come. Each park has its own personality, doesn’t it? Some have swings. Some don’t. Most have slides, but not all. Some have cool new things like spiderweb climbers and updated merry-go-rounds. Some have old-fashioned teeter totters, though they are rare. And all are a delight.
And in many areas, you might find a playground “attached” to a library. In my city of Roseville CA, we actually have three excellent libraries and each has a park by it or as part of its complex! That is especially nice on days when you get a bit too hot while playing at the park OR when the weather turns wet or extra cold. Then you can just head for the library (providing it’s open, of course, and enjoy a different kind of exploration.
And many libraries have morphed over the years. Where they used to be just books and silence, now you might have books, and games, and comfy couches, and toys, and more. Many have computers – including ones with fun and educational games for all ages from Kindergarteners on up.
Libraries are a terrific resource for grandparents and well worth having a library card even if you mainly buy your own books. (That’s me – mainly because I freely admit, I’m terrible about getting those books back in time! Oyyyyy! Then again, my library now emails me my list of books which is a huge help to a busy boomer, that’s for sure!0
GREAT RESOURCES FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS AT LIBRARIES
And if your grandkids don’t live nearby? They are still a valuable resource for boomers and seniors. It’s where I go to get our senior resource guide for useful info for my mom. They also have a ton of senior activities available for boomers and seniors, along with a newsletter telling all about them. Now that IS available online, which is great. But having a printed copy is very handy as well. In fact, you might be surprised just how many resources are available through your local senior center, whether it’s at your library, like mine is, or elsewhere. And definitely worth a phone call or two to track them down.
All in all, the libraries and parks in my town, and those in the towns of each of my grandchildren, have proven themselves grand treasure troves, indeed. Great for grandparents and grandkids! Great for boomers and seniors! How about you and yours?
DEVOTIONS FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS
Continuing on with my fave Bible verse, with a focus on the ones that especially blessed me during seasons of “the valley of the shadow of death,” here are my next two verses to share with you. Both are from Psalm 16. The first is verse 8 and I shared it on Instagram today as well:
and the second verse is verse 11. I used a photo I took at one of the many lovely parks in our Roseville CA area for the backdrop:
Couple that with this encouraging hymn from Bethel worship leader, Brian Johnson, We Will Not Be Shaken:
And don’t forget to enjoy the next in the verse by verse Bible studies in the book of John by the Pastor of Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara, David Guzik.
And you have a lovely and encouraging devotional for you or your homebound elderly loveds ones.
Can you believe it’s the week of Halloween!!! One set of grandkids has had their costumes for weeks. Another set is enjoying planning theirs this week. And for the first time ever (I think 🙂 ), I need a costume. I’m volunteering to help our neighborhood association for a harvest fest a couple of days before Halloween and they are encouraging costumes. Personally, I prefer to focus on the harvest side of things, have fun, and hand out candy. But I’m opting to follow a cute, inexpensive and easy idea from a good friend. I picked up a headband with cute kitty ears, will be wearing a black shirt and black jeans, and am planning to say Meow a lot. Hmmmm, bet my granddog will LOVE me in that, since I’ll look just like his step-cat 🙂 🙂 🙂
TIME CHANGE REMINDER FOR BOOMERS AND SENIORS, GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDCHILDREN, AND CAREGIVERS
Don’t forget to turn back any clocks in your home that require it – Spring forward, FALL BACK. I still rely on that phrase, even though almost all our clocks do it automatically. Then again, I think the stove and my senior mom’s alarm clock will need help, as will our wristwatches (no Apple watch for me – at least, not any time in the near or distant future). Plus check or change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc. It’s good to remind our elderly family members and neighbors as well. And if you have any who are alone at Halloween who might be nervous, perhaps give them a buzz to be sure they are ok. And have a save and sweet time – especially if you get to be around the grandkids and can give them lots of hugs and kisses – real AND chocolate!
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To your valuable suggestion about utilizing libraries for fun with grandkids, I can also add that some offer great programs such as magic shows, exotic animal petting and crafting sessions. Most are free, just requiring pre-registration!
Very good advice, Joyce! We have many special treats like that as well – including a weekly Mother Goose on the Loose for the little ones. So fun! 🙂