Connecting Senior Siblings

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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.

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Earth to Mars

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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.

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FaceTime – and Tango

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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.”

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Create a book of memories

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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
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Open-ended families

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As families become more diverse, there’s a growing recognition that extended family type activities are not only for biological family members. It’s a vital function linked to inter-generational relationships. Mature women and men can play a “grandparent-type” role with a young friend, a niece or nephew, or even a newcomer to Canada. You can become quite important in the life of any child. Show them you care.

Whether you are nearby or live at a distance. The ways you show them may differ, but reach out to a young person to let them know you are available to them. Everyone needs someone to count on. Let it be you. The rewards can be immeasurable.

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“That’s what she said last night”

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Did you have some favorite sayings with childhood friends that have special meaning for the two of you or your group of friends? Text those “lines” back and forth. One of our favs was “I’ll give you two guesses and the last one don’t count” when someone asked us why, and we thought they knew the answer.

Text one of your sayings to a friend and ask which sayings they remember. You may be surprised at how long this text thread continues. There may even be movie lines or music lyrics that pop up…”that’s what she said last night” was one we had fun with, as newlyweds.

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Happy Grandparents Day!

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Today (September 8th) is Grandparents Day – how will you celebrate?

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If you have a few digital photos, you can create a JibJab video to send via e-mail. You copy those photos and paste them into a prepared video. Check out JibJab. There are funny dance videos that will deliver a smile to anyone!  Make sure you mark the day, to let the Grandparents you know understand how much you care. Enjoy!

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Love is Like Glue

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Just got back from 14 glorious days with my grand daughter. We bonded while snuggling, laughing, reading books and potty training. We also listened to lots of children’s music. One song that we sang together was “Love is Like Glue”, by Debbie Carroll. Love is Like Glue – it sticks us together. There are fun actions to play along with, too. When you get the chance to be with a child you love, share this fun song!

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