Helpful Tips for Staying In Touch With Grandparents

Back in February, I wrote a post talking about tips for staying in touch with grandchildren who live far away. It’s often difficult and sad to not be with family all the time.

Now, I’ve decided to write about some of the best ways to stay in touch with us! The grandparents!

Tip 1: A Phone Call

There’s nothing better than hearing a familiar voice on the phone after a while of not hearing that voice. In this day and age, it’s often hard to grab someone’s attention long enough to talk on the phone. Never underestimate the power of a “how are you?”/check-in phone call. We want to know what’s going on in your life if you’re eating your veggies, and doing your homework.

It goes a long way in our hearts!


Tip 2: Send Flowers

A flower delivery not only makes your grandparents smile, but it also improves our mental health. A recent Rutgers Behavioral Study found that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.

In fact, 81% of seniors who participated reported a reduction in depression after receiving flowers. =)

Even the colors of flowers can affect our moods! Red is an energy booster, purple is a sleep-aid and stress reliever, while green enhances relaxation.

All could be very beneficial to older people who might be experiencing fatigue and stress.

Next time you’re looking for a gift to give your grandparents or are just looking to send them something, flower delivery are a great idea. 😉

Tip 3: Handmade Card

If there’s one thing grandparents love, it’s handmade items.

It shows you took the time out of your busy day to make something just for us. It makes us feel special and even closer to you, especially from the little ones!

Feel free to send cute drawings, handmade cards, or even just pictures stuffed into a card. All are so fun to receive, and we can hang them up on the fridge so that we can see them every day.

It’s easy to get caught up in your own world and forget about family members you don’t see as often anymore. We understand! But even the little things can make such a big difference to us. Keep that in mind!

Elder Education: The Benefits of Earning a Degree as a Senior

The habit of learning is one that adults often foster in children, but it can also be a good plan for healthy living throughout your life.

Individuals who tackle new educational opportunities maintain their zest for life and enjoy better health, as well as a more satisfying social life. If you are considering taking on pursuing an associates degree or other goal in your later years, you are likely to benefit in a number of ways from your endeavor.

Intellectual Stimulation

For those who have retired from their usual field of work, the change of pace and lack of mental challenges can pose a problem. These individuals are often used to constant interactions with a team of co-workers and a wealth of problem-solving opportunities offered by an average workday. Pursing new educational opportunities can be an appropriate remedy for post-retirement boredom and can provide topics to aid in social interactions. Studies show that the earlier you retire, the more likely you are to experience cognitive decline because of lack of stimulation.

Seniors often become more socially isolated after retirement and often have fewer opportunities to learn new subjects and skills. This lack of intellectual stimulation can lead to memory problems and slower cognitive function. New learning helps to counteract this effect.


Greater Ability to Connect with Young People and the Wider World

Often, retired individuals become disconnected from what’s going on in the wider community, and they may find it more difficult to engage with grandchildren and other younger people in society. The knowledge and information provided by lifelong learning allows older people a greater understanding of the experiences of young people and the wider world. This ability not only provides mental stimulation, but also a better connection to younger family members and others.

Enhanced Access to Work Opportunities

If you are a senior who must, or prefers to, keep working after the age of 65, demonstrating your ability to acquire new skills and compete intellectually will be seen as a recommendation for job opportunities you may wish to pursue. Acquiring an associates degree in a specific area of study can be key to allowing you to enter a new field that interests you.

Better Physical Health

Individuals who remain intellectually engaged appear to enjoy better physical health, as well as having improved mental acuity and memory. This result appears to come from the mental activity causing individuals to get up and engage to pursue their interests. So exercising your mind also helps to exercise your body, with all the health benefits that normally accrue from such activity.

You Can Take Advantage of Free or Low-Cost Programs

Your desire to continue learning in your later years can also qualify you for a number of free or low-cost courses that are available in many communities across the country.

These programs have become available as greater understanding of the benefits of lifelong learning for seniors become better known.

These programs can help you to begin or continue your studies, as well as bring you into other seniors who are also pursuing subjects that interest them.

Lifelong learning is not just a phrase for the young. It can be a way of thinking that helps you to gain greater quality of life throughout the years. If you have a curious mind, enjoy intellectual challenges and know how to apply yourself to a subject, you can continue your learning opportunities, regardless of your age.

Research the many avenues that are now available to help you explore new subjects and develop new skills. You will find that your academic pursuits enrich you both mentally and experientially.

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21 Good Tips For Keeping Your Brain Alive And Active At Any Age

I have Alzheimer’s in my family, so this post is for me too. And, let’s face it; everyone could use tips for staying active to be as healthy as they can be. My sweet mother had the disease, as well as my grandfather. So, I always have that nagging warning in the back of my mind.

The Lord took mom with breast cancer before the Alzheimers got too bad. I’m definitely a believer in things always happening for a reason. <3

This blog post isn’t JUST for Alzheimer’s patients; however, I have good points for those people that do have it. 😉

This blog post is also excellent for grandmothers! Me, me, me! LOL

The second half of the tips shared, I didn’t elaborate. I left that up to YOU. Chime in with your thoughts! 😀

Right off the top of my head, I can come up with an awesome tip to start.

1) Surround yourself with vivid colors! This can be in the form of your home and decor, your clothing, places, and events that you frequent, painting, and things that you study or even websites you visit often. It can be anything you see, any place you go, or….these vivid colors can be ANYWHERE. Going on a vacation in the fall season would be excellent for viewing all kinds of pretty fall colors! =)

Remembering that vacation, that piece of clothing, that building, that website, for example; would be a lot easier than remembering something that`s rather boring.

2) Consume pomegranate! It can be in the form of seeds, juice, fruit, extract, and powder. According to Authority Nutrition – Health Line dot com, pomegranate is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat. Studies have shown that it’s great for a host of diseases, your physical performance, and the elderly.

Also, pomegranate CAN (help) against Alzheimer’s disease.



3) Surround yourself with good friends! Socializing with human friends is awesome for giving your brain a boost. In fact, it’s all-around good for (ANYONE at ANY age).

Studies also show that healthy friends and relationships help support emotional health. Notice how much better you feel after getting out with friends on a particular day or evening! 😉

If you don’t get together with humans on a regular basis, you can start to volunteer somewhere, visit your local church or community, go to bingo halls, sign up for purple hat, or join a gym. Just a few ideas there. Although, it’s important to remain close with your family members and friends. See them often and don’t lose touch!

4) Start coloring! Say hey, only kids color! Well, have you noticed all the adult coloring books floating around the stores?

Yes, it’s true! Pay attention to the trends in coloring. Many adults now have coloring books and are creating many beautiful works of art. Some are going beyond coloring and engaging in drawing and painting. In fact, charcoal drawing is quite popular today.

Also, the outlet of letting your mind go and just creating is remarkably therapeutic! Paying attention to all that you create can sharpen your mind considerably. This can also help with self-esteem.

5) Go back to school! Excellent for keeping the brain active. Also, this one is definitely for any age for people that quit school or the elderly that are retired and suddenly have extra time on their hands.

6) Do some type of activity/workout on a daily basis! Enough said! lol

7) Take daily multivitamins with good nutritional quality! Some people don’t like or simply do not believe in them. That’s fine; however, there are some good vitamins and herbs out there that CAN help with memory and energy.

8) Participate in games! These games can be card games, trivia, video games, and memory games.

9) Try to get some ZZZ’s during the day! Get in a good habit of taking a nap every day. You may not realize just how beneficial this can be with memory and general brain function. A daytime nap will benefit you almost as much as your sleep during the night. It only takes 30 minutes or less.

10) Get interested in word find books, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles! I’ve always liked the word find books and of course, jigsaw puzzles. Crossword puzzles, not so much.
These activities consistently engage and stimulate the brain.

The Following Tips Are For My Readers and Subscribers To Elaborate…I’d Love To Hear From You! 😀

11) Eat a well-balanced diet! You will also need to eat sugar and fats very moderately.

12) Engage in Meditation and Deep breathing!

13) Invest in a pet!

14) Read every day!

15) Don’t drink alcohol!

16) Start crocheting or knitting daily!

17) Study a foreign language!

18) Don’t smoke!

19) Try a variety of foods when dinning out!

20) Keep your weight in check!

21) Start each day with a great attitude! Beleive in yourself!

Cheers to a healthy, happy life! <3

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Coping with Unexpected Baldness

For women and Grandma’s in particular, sudden hair loss can be a source of considerable anxiety. It’s common in men, but just isn’t expected by a lady who’s gone through most of her life with a fine head of hair. But it happens to women as they age in all ethnicities and every walk of life. Instead of fixating on the problem or feeling like a victim, modern women have a number of solutions to for coping with the problem. <3

Causes and Compassion

Unexpected female hair loss can be caused by any combination of factors. This can include genetics, high stress levels, dietary changes, medications, illnesses like lupus or cancer, menopause, and hypothyroid problems. One way to cope with the distress is to talk it through with friends or loved ones. You could even find support groups and sympathetic ears through social media by enquiring at your local hair pharmacy, or a salon like Detour Salon & Detour The Store. The important thing is that you find a channel for venting your emotions and gaining support and acceptance.


Natural Stress Relief

There are natural ways to cope with the anxiety and encourage new hair growth. If you’re suffering from an illness or even high stress, you should see a professional to treat the underlying problem first. Some forms of hair loss are reversible and some are not. You should at the least embark on a program of stress-relief. Take some time during the day to meditate, enjoy a cup of chamomile or green tea, or just cuddle with a pet. A little exercise is also a great help. You might also consider a range of dietary supplements, thought to support a healthy scalp. 😉

Alternative Treatments

Consider products such as Propecia or Rogaine. Minoxidil, for example, is specifically made for women. There are also products called anti-sebolytic scalp treatments to clean and revitalize hair follicles. Scalp massagers and both over-the-counter and prescription shampoos created to treat thinning hair are available. Other alternatives include hair plugs, hair transplants, and similar remedies that work for women as well as men. Consult a dermatologist to see what other options might be helpful for your personal circumstances.

Hair Styling Salons

Check with your hairstyling salon and ask for suggestions. The right hair style, even if it’s a little peculiar, can cover or distract from bald patches. They may also be able to apply new solutions like shake-in fibers or powders that seem to thicken hair or re-color patches of exposed scalp. You could ask about weaves, wigs, or even consider wearing a trendy hat when out in public. Most reputable hair salons will have experience with hair loss solutions.

There are both long and short-term solutions to coping with hair loss, both emotionally and physically, but it’s a common problem. Help is available.

Should Grandmothers Go To A Beauty Specialist?

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Many women from all ages enjoy relishing themselves in getting professionally beautified every 2 to 3 weeks. This can involve getting nails, (both fingernails and toenails), hair, eye brows, tattoos and even professional messages. If every woman did all the above, it could, of course, get mighty expensive. Definitely too extravagant for my pocket book to keep up with the maintenance with all the above!

Does this grandmother get her nails done?

Yes, she does; approximately every 2 1/2 weeks. It depends on how fast the nails grow out. Most of the time, they grow fast. Eating various types of yogurt will for sure make them grow quickly, in addition to hair; just like taking prenatal vitamins. I do take prenatal for my hair. 🙂

Some grandmas are retired and fixed on a low income with their social security and small pension checks. Don’t get me started on amounts of pension checks. I’ll just say this; for most people, they don’t make enough pensions for themselves for the length of their occupations. In fact, it’s down right unfair for the small amounts for all the hard work they put in.

There, I’m now off my soapbox! lol =)

In a nutshell, some grandmothers just can’t afford to get pampered like that all the time. However, it does a woman good to treat herself to get pampered and prettied up once in awhile; especially if they are going somewhere special, or even a granny’s night on the town. Getting pampered seems to bring out not just the beauty in grandmothers; but the inside beauty as well.

I say if you can afford getting your nails done, or a pedicure done…or what have you, (and you love the way it makes you feel inside and out), do it!

My sister and I did just that while she stayed with me for 3 weeks of back surgery recovery. We went and got a pedicure together…Second pedicure for me. They are indeed nice! 🙂

See our beautified feet below! lol 🙂

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Picking a Retirement Home: 10 Questions to Ask

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If you are a senior, an older grandmother or mother, father, grandparent…the thought of a retirement home has crossed your mind a time or two. I appreciate this entry by Danielle and some of the most asked questions and issues that arise when deciding on a retirement home. 🙂

Perhaps when you were younger, you never imagined relocating to a retirement home. However, now that the time has come, are you ready for senior community living? Chances are you probably haven’t given it much thought until now. To help you pick a retirement home that best fits your needs, ask the following questions.


What is the city like?

When picking a retirement home, it’s wise to look beyond the facility itself. What are the surroundings like? Do you have access to activities and opportunities you need to feel engaged? Consider cultural offerings in the place you settle down. Concerts, museums, art shows and other events are excellent ways to pass the time.

What amenities are offered?

Get as complete of a list as possible. Think about everything you’ll want close by: barber/hair dresser, fitness rooms, pools, personal trainers, clubhouses, biking/walking paths, cultural centers, art classes and much more keep you entertained, happy and well cared for.

Will grandchildren and other family members feel welcome?

If you want your family to visit, make sure the retirement home provides amenities that make them feel welcome. A playground, for example, is great for grandkids. Check with potential retirement homes about their visitor policies to make sure they coincide with your expectations.

Does the retirement home have you covered for years to come?

You can’t plan for today and ignore tomorrow. Instead, choose a retirement home that lets you age in place by providing more advanced assistance. Even if you don’t need it yet, the time may come when you appreciate free transportation, onsite medical services and a central dining room where you take your meals.

What recreational programs are offered?

From tennis, golf and Pilates classes to knitting, bridge and Mahjong games, find a retirement community that offers recreational programs that interest you.

What security measures keep residents safe?

Your old home may have featured the latest anti-burglar measures; how does the retirement community compare? Find out what security measures are taken to protect residents night and day.

Is the facility clean and well staffed?

The only way to know for sure is to visit the retirement homes you’re considering. Scrutinize the grounds, lobby and living areas. Talk to staff members to see if they appear competent, caring and respectful of residents.

Are the residents happy?

During your visit, talk to current residents. Ask what they like about the facility and what could be better. These honest inside opinions can be very enlightening, for better or worse.

What do the finances entail?

Retirement is all about living on a fixed income. You must know the bottom line before you relocate to one community or another. Ask upfront about specific costs and make sure you can afford the retirement home you settle on.

What types of assistance programs are offered?

If you’re a member of a minority group, such as the Chickasaw people, you can apply for an Assisted Living Benefit Program that provides up to $2,500 a month for Chickasaw elders to live in a state licensed assisted-living facility. If you have Chickasaw heritage, are 60 years or older and have financial need, you may qualify.

By doing your research ahead of time, you’ll find the perfect retirement home for your needs.

About the Author:

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She recently helped her grandmother find the perfect retirement home complete with a swimming pool and a very liberal pet policy. She visits her every Sunday afternoon to attend arts and crafts together.

Don’t Overlook Seniors – Guest Post

Sure, grandma and grandpa may not be any tech firm’s target market. But, maybe they should be?

Grandparents are an untapped gold mine, a market that could, if prompted, buy computers, webcams, iPods, iTunes store purchases and apps. The main problem seems to be that no one has the patience to explain everything to grandma and grandpa.

And, even if someone did have weeks to help them understand, with the rate that technology changes, the information could be irrelevant in just a few months.

That being said,helping seniors understand and use technology could still be worth the trouble. And here’s why.

1) Easier Communication: Back in the days of phone calls and showing up on someone’s doorstep, you probably were able to communicate with your grandparents much easier. But now, we’re all busy perusing stranger’s profiles on Facebook and tweeting about nothing in particular, leaving grandma and grandpa feeling a little out of the loop. Photos of your cousin’s new baby that were once passed around in a 3×5 print are now posted on Facebook or Flickr. Pictures from the family reunion are never printed, and Grandma may never get to see them. Teaching grandparents to use simple technology like social media, smart phones or text messaging can increase their communication skills and keep them in the loop with family happenings.

2)Free Time: Your grandparents probably have a lot of free time on their hands and technology can help fill that void. From social media to Netflix to Blue Ray players, technology can take up a lot of extra free time. If marketed correctly as a way for seniors to pass time in a fun and engaging manner, seniors could purchase and learn to use technology that would make everyday life much more exciting.

3)Convenience: If there’s one thing those in older demographic markets like, it’s convenience. With the web and its advanced technology, we have just about everything we need at our fingertips. If seniors were made aware of all the possibilities the web offers to make their daily life tasks easier to complete, they might be more likely to take advantage of these opportunities. Marketing a tech product or service as convenient and affordable would certainly mesh well with seniors.

4)Simpler Technology: All in all, technology is amazingly becoming both more advanced, and easier to use all at once. Though it changes often, computers and websites are now much more user friendly than before. Smartphones can give information with only the touch of a single button to activate an app. This type of technology is easy to learn and useful for people of every age.

While seniors remain an overlooked technology market, there is potential for a paradigm shift. Disregarding seniors because of their age could prove to be foolish for the tech field. The convenience, ease, entertainment value and simplicity of technology has senior written all over it. Someone just has to get the ball rolling.

This article was inspired by Danielle’s own grandmother, who started using a grocery delivery service once she was shown how easy and convenient it is to order online and have them delivered to her door.