A Recreation Therapist I know is taking the time and attention to connect seniors in her facility to their siblings overseas. It’s provided much laughter and some tears. This miracle of connecting in a new way with a sibling who they have not seen in person for over a decade is such a gift. It’s delivered touching moments and has led me to discuss this idea with other seniors. Most are resistant, until they try it. My father and his brother have difficulty speaking on the phone, but their hearing aids work better when using Skype. “Try it, you’ll like it”, as the old television commercial told us. Set something up for a senior you love. They will be awed.
for the little ones…Peek a boo! Ency, weensy spider nursery rhyme. Lullabies, Clapping games…
Two years old. How high can you count while standing on one leg? (do this with them – and stop when they do)
Three years old. Can you walk toward me with a book on your head (this one works well if they walk toward a mirror, too). Jumping on the bed – how many jumps? You jump – and I’ll count.
Four years old. Can you face me, close your eyes and spin around to stop where you started? Open your eyes to check if you came back to me. This game gets everyone laughing.
Five years old. I spy with my little eye, something that is (a color). This can be fun to play via Skype when you can move a lap top around the room.
Play some other games and write us to share some new ideas?
Scientist Wil wrote in:
“A fellow Scientist was teaching a Junior Kindergarten class about space, and she was pretending to speak on the phone to someone from Mars.
She told them that she was just about to go to lunch and eat her sandwich. Then, she asked the class who could describe a sandwich to the Martian on the phone, as they did not know what it was. One child raised her hand and suggested “Why don’t you just Skype?'”
From the mouths of babes! If you have not tried a Skype call yet, reach out and show someone your world.
Are you a Grannie or Grandpa that enjoys travel and loves to stay in touch with the grandkids?
If you and your family members have an Apple device like an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or a Mac, you can make no cost video calls to your little ones through “FaceTime” wherever you have phone service or an Internet connection.
Laurie the Geekie Grannie let us know;
“I live in Florida and I especially treasure the daily live video time with my Navy daughter and her newborn son in Bremerton, Washington. These devices have a forward facing camera and connect to another supported device.
FaceTime can be activated through a phone call or through a wireless Internet connection. There is an alternative to FaceTime for Android phone users – check out this website if you and your family do not have Apple products: http://www.tango.me
Any which way – find a way to stay in touch. It’s worth the effort to witness new family members grow and change.”
This idea was submitted by a reader.“Our granddaughter stayed with us while her parents went on vacation. We took her on a number of fun outings and took photos of each one. I also took everyday photos of her being a cute little kid. Together, we made a photo book of memories, the words supplied by Juliet and printed by Yama under each photo. We even added stickers to some of the pages.Then, when mum and dad got back, we presented them with this special book. They got to see all of the fun things we did while they were away.“Yama” Karen
Do you make time for your siblings? One reader told us that she has 4 sisters and they make time for a “sisters week-end” each year to laugh, love and bond. They’ve been doing it for over 20 years now. They go to a cottage or hotel to indulge in each other and catch up on their busy lives.
The sisters below adore each other and feel very lucky when they travel to see one another. They can hardly wait to be together at Thanksgiving this year!