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.