It’s time to fall into autumn with our September 22, 2009 edition of Boomers and Seniors – News You Can Use. The chillier weather makes this season the time of year when you just want to snuggle up and stay inside. But there’s a harvest of opportunities to enjoy, even when it’s brisk out there! Read on for great resources about staying active and informed this fall. And, if it’s inspiration you seek as the days get a bit gloomy, look no further than this recent SeniorsforLiving.com post about Dr. Joseph Kirsner. He just celebrated his 100th birthday in a very unique way. Find out here!
No matter what birthday you recently celebrated, you’re never too old to have fun, especially when there are grandkids around to keep you going! Kaye Swain’s Team-Building Version of Pictureka Game for Younger Grandkids at SandwichINK.com is a fun post to read before planning a fun day with the little ones. “For all my fellow grandparents, this new game is [perfect] to enjoy with your grandchildren, and there’s even a version for younger grandkids.”
Laughter — whether from children or just in everyday life — is good for the soul. In fact, further evidence that a good sense of humor is one of the most essential ingredients in aging gracefully comes Madeleine Begun Kane tongue-in-cheek limerick titled “Happy Birthday To Me.” Her blog, Mad Kane’s Humor Blog, is one laugh after another. Enjoy!
Smiles usually abound on holidays, but whether you believe there are too many special occasions these days (“Hallmark holiday,” anyone?!), the idea is to remember that — holiday or no holiday — every day is an opportunity to cherish the ones you love. Natalie Tucker Miller comments on her latest post, Grandparent’s Day? What of it? at Ageless-Sages, saying, “Don’t let your value systems get in the way of the real issue: Honoring your relationships with elders.”
When it comes to honoring others, the opportunity to sign up for the free service, “The Kindness Reminder” at KindEthics.com is a novel idea. You can receive convenient, friendly, weekly emails that give you a nudge to remember to connect with your loved ones… because sometimes life just gets in the way of what’s really important.
And what can be more important than making memories, as poses in the post, “Experiences Worth Remembering” on BCelebrated.com. Learn about how one very special grandmother reaches across the miles daily to create unique, heartfelt moments with her grandchildren. BCelebrated.com is truly inspirational, and a great way to start thinking about how your memories will be kept alive for your grandchildren.
On the topic of important things, SandwichINK.com‘s Kaye also presents Free Resources for Senior Home Care Givers, providing a much-needed overview on forms that are often perceived as frustrating. “Forms are a fact of life for those providing senior home care for aging parents. Here, I have two terrific resources who are sharing a wealth of info with us in that regard.” Sample documents from Power of Attorney to Declaration of Guardian are available to make these sometimes complicated topics easier to navigate.
When it comes to navigating the best care for their loved ones, many caregivers struggle with their concept of home care as they start considering bringing on additional help. SeniorsforLiving.com helps dispel common misconceptions about home care, so you can make an educated choice about this important decision.
Nursing homes come with a certain stigma attached to them, but as Eldercare Support Group blogger points out in the post “The Importance of Planning Ahead” on the Taking Care of the Folks blog, they’ve improved dramatically over the years. That being said, you’ll still want to have a plan in place should the day come when your loved one needs to be place in a senior care facility, especially if you don’t live nearby. Get some tips in this very informative post.
As caregivers, we are often unprepared for our parent’s dying. Sometimes it is because of denial or lack of knowledge or we are so deeply involved in the “day to day” survival that we don’t look to the future. Six things to do to prepare for your parent’s death on Orphan at 60 provides heartfelt advice about a topic many of us don’t want to — but need to — confront.
Oftentimes, the most complicated things in our lives have to do with money, especially for those with aging loved ones. At Examiner.com, Patricia Grace presents the third part in a five-part series on eldercare funding options in the post Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit. Get the real details about the benefits due to our country’s hard-working and beloved veterans.
And if it’s a paycheck you seek (or need, or want…), remember that career advice isn’t just for those on the job. Nissim Ziv presents planning advice in the post Retirement: Careers After Retirement at Job Interview Guide, saying, “This article provides retirement career planning advice, including ideas and points to consider for careers after retirement.”
Boomer/Senior Health & Wellness
Whether you’re busy on the job, with the grandkids, or just caught up in the chaos of everyday life, there should always be a moment when you consider your health.
Top of that list? Your diet.. for which we have three words for you: Sodium, sodium, sodium. We all know that it’s everywhere and too much of it can be unhealthy, which is why the post Don’t Take This With a Grain of Salt (L-O-N-G) at Wisdom From Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket is so on target.
Is your health care provider on target, too? Edie Dykeman‘s post, How to Choose a New Doctor, at Elder Care Cafe, presents some tips for making that search, when necessary, a little easier. “There are a number of reasons an aging senior may need to find a new doctor.” Whether a necessary move requires you to seek a new physician, or you’re just not happy with who you’re currently seeing, everyone deserves to get the kind of care they want from someone they like, respect, and trust.
That concludes this edition of Boomers and Seniors – News You Can Use. We hoped you learned as much as we did, and feel inspired to pass this on to your friends.
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