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Have you been trying to find the perfect gift for your aging loved one?
It gets challenging, because elderly usually exist in small, tight spaces. If they are either at an assisted care facility or possibly, still at home, they’re more than likely sitting in one place for a good percentage of their day.
If you’re lucky and they are quite mobile, then they’ll still love a wall calendar, with family photos and details to remind them of birthdays coming up in their kitchen or possibly, on their bedroom wall.
It ends up being something your loved ones can brag about, show to folks and every time a guest or caretaker comes into their room now, they’ll have that opportunity. It’s unique to them, to their life, it’s special, and every month they’ll have new photos featured for that month to point out to people that come in daily contact with them.

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Are you all over the board this year, as far as who’s the right person to vote for, in the upcoming presidential election?
Boy – I am – The STRUGGLE IS REAL – in the campaign this year.
Who to vote for? It hasn’t come to me yet.
The world has become one scary place and it doesn’t seem to be getting better anytime soon.
How do we prioritize what our concerns are and why?
The trouble is, should we have to bother with a discussion or vote, as to whether we should have background checks required with the purchase of guns – of course!
Good grief – look what we have to do to drive a car in America. Employers can investigate us with all sorts of tools right at their fingertips. Why wouldn’t our government be able to put safeguards in place for gun ownership?
Is it what we need that matters or what we think we need or a matter of what we need NOW?
Who’s apt to most likely get us there – safely?
This has been and continues to be, one of the most interesting races in years.
So have you thought about what you think we actually need?

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Do you ever wonder why you do this – blog? I do.
It’s a way to be expressive and learn about a whole range of topics that interest me and that also interest others. But, for those that haven’t done it or have no interest in it, my guess is it confounds you; why someone spends the time and energy.
As a retiree, boomer, old fart it’s FUN – sometimes, though it varies, depending on the subject matter and how invested I am with it.
It’s amazing, how many things I’ve learned by researching everything from retirement to movie theaters to the elderly. There isn’t a day, when I’m working on a new post, that I don’t come across articles that interest and educate me and make me ponder new concepts, new thoughts.
I’ve never been a “crossword puzzle” sort of gal, my Dad was.
Blogging is a way of keeping sharp, filled with new sides to stories, exciting trails that figure nicely into my bucket of “field trips,” that I truly enjoy taking. How about you? Why do you or don’t you blog?
Lately, I’ve also tried my hand at writing screenplays and for now, I’ve stalled out. I’m taking a course on “Finding your Story,” at www.Udemy.com (a site online with instructional videos on loads of subjects)
After finishing one screenplay and starting another, I’m still not convinced I can do this to the skill level I’ll ever be happy with.

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Are you planning to visit an elderly parent soon?

24 – ways to MAKE your VISIT – count:

1) Give them some new hand lotion and a hand or foot rub – take your time, being soft and gentle. Remember their muscles are achy, filled with arthritis and extra sensitive to cold and pressure
2) If possible and they like this – take them to a park or movie or out to their favorite place to eat
3) Bring a photo album along of current pictures of their grandchildren, children and friends, that they may no longer get out to see
4) Keep the pace as slow as they need it and refrain from looking at your cell phone or fooling with your keys
5) Call them often and do it ahead of your visit, to see if they need anything, at the store or elsewhere…

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For the life of me, I can’t understand our country.
It has always been my intention to keep my politics to myself, but is this and should it be, a political issue?
We wouldn’t argue against speed limits, on the basis they might take our cars away, yet gun lobbyists argue, if there are stricter gun control laws then next, “they’ll take our guns!” Really, is that even remotely logical?

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Nothing is worse than dealing with a family member that has a mental illness.
If this story helps one other family, than my goal has been reached. My guess is our story is similar to many others, with a relative inflicted with this OCD (Overly Compulsive Disorder) condition of hoarding.
My parents were married 42 years and my three brothers and I believe our Dad kept our mother in check, as much as he could, but finally he couldn’t take the disease any longer. They eventually divorced and Mom became her own worst enemy.
For over 25 years, she didn’t let any of her four children in her home, except my younger brother, who occasionally had to go in to make minor repairs for her.
Eventually, her place was so inhabitable that she couldn’t get a plumber or electrician or anyone to enter the premises.

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