Activities in Season

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Simple Activities to Beat the Heat

Trying to think of ways to help an older family member beat the heat? Here are a few ideas for ...
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Decorate a Gardening Hat

Hats are a dime a dozen... but when you decorate your own, it's unique. Gardening hats are a must when ...
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Garden Checklist for Senior Gardeners

If you take care of a loved one that enjoys gardening, there is no greater joy than doing SOMETHING in ...
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Gathering and Making Potpourri

There's something satisfying about making your own potpourri. It might be in the search for the beauty of nature, but ...
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Reminiscing About Canning

Canning can be a fun family activity, whether I do it with my mother or my husband (my husband enjoys ...
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12 New Things to Explore With an Older Family Member

Unexplored paths Lead to undiscovered treasures. Constance Chuks Friday Chances to explore are everywhere and if you spend a lot ...
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10 Best Things To Do in August with an Older Family Member

Spend some time in August with an older family member! Visit a farmer's market, grocery store, or your own garden ...
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Summertime Sensory Activities

Summer is an abundant season for our senses! Sensory activities help us to stay connected to the world around us ...
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Remember When? Summer Time

What do you remember about Summertime? Remember when... you went to the drive-in movie theater to see a movie? Is ...
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Backyard Games to Play with an Older Family Member

Plan to Play Backyard Games! In honor of National Backyard Games Week, here are 10 backyard games to play with ...
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The Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden invites us to experience the world with a "different set of eyes". If you cannot see, you ...
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Rhubarb, Raspberry, and Strawberry Pie

For Those Who Enjoy Making Pies Here is a recipe to make with an older family member or friend who ...
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Crafts From Pressed Flowers

Using and Preserving Flowers... is the next step in the process of Collecting and Pressing Flowers. In that blog post ...
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Back to School Word Search

Print off the following for a Back to School Word Search. What school words does your older family member or ...
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Reminiscing About Farming and Country Ways of Life

If your loved one has ever been touched by or interested in farming, gardening, or country ways of life, here ...
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Collecting and Pressing Flowers

Pressing flowers is an old craft, one that has been around for many years. Children and adults have easily preserved ...
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10 Activities to do with Grandparents at the Park

The next time you take the kids to the park to play, don't forget to take an older family member ...
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10 Places to Take Grandma and Grandpa This Summer

Summer offers so many outdoor and outing opportunities for older family members. Here are some ideas for the whole family ...
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Get Moving…In the Garden

We all know moving our bodies has physical as well as psychological benefits. But moving in the garden has so ...
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A Botanical Garden Visit

Visiting a botanical garden is both a stimulating and peaceful experience. It's quiet, yet you hear the sound of crickets, ...
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Summer Reminiscing

Pour some lemonade, sit on the porch and reminisce with your older friend or family member about summers past. Activities ...
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Remembering in the Garden

A garden can stimulate memories from long ago. Spending time in a garden can bring back memories of once having ...
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The Senior Gardener’s Toolbox

Here are some tips and tools for the Senior Gardener, depending on abilities: Use raised beds, boxes, or flower pots ...
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Reminiscing About Work life

Pair of men's boots

Work takes up a great portion of our life. We spend hours at work to make a living for our families and ourselves. Our occupations usually mean a great deal to us, even when we retire.

So how much do you know about your loved one’s work life?

Here are some questions to ask an older family member about their past work life experiences.

Remember to have a pencil and paper ready to write down their answers for a family journal.

  • What was your earliest job? At what age did you start? Do you remember how much you were paid?
  • Did you work during high school, college, or even before?
  • Did you ever have a summer job?
  • Did any early jobs influence what you did for work as an adult?
  • What did you study in college? Did you get a job in your field when you left college?
  • What was your occupation(s) as an adult?
  • Where did you work? How long did you work here?
  • Did you receive any awards, accomplishments, promotions while working?
  • What was your favorite job? What was your least favorite job?
  • Did you like your boss? Is there a boss or co-worker that you remember?
  • Is there a job you always wanted to try, but never did? What is it?
  • Do you remember your parents occupation?
  • Did you ever go to work with them?
  • If you could do any job today, what would it be? Why?

Simple Homemade Crafts for Gifts or Bazaars

birdhouseSome seniors, like my mom, love making things for others.

She loves to give her homemade items as gifts for any occasion, but especially Christmas. There are others who love to make things and donate them to sell at a church bazaar or other fundraiser.

People, like myself, love homemade items! I love to receive them as gifts and I love to buy them. For the crafter making things can be very rewarding. That is why I thought I would put together a list of simple homemade items for older loved ones to make. Not all crafts are for everyone, so choose the one that might interest your family member. Make any adaptations as necessary. Do some crafts together if you wish. These items can be given as gifts, given to sell at church bazaars, or donated to a loved one’s nursing home to sell at their fundraiser. I’ll start off with a list of simple crafts I’ve already posted and add to this list as the weeks go by so you and your loved one can get crafting for the holidays or anytime of the year!

Here are some ideas for simple homemade crafts for gift giving and donations to bazaars.

Hand-sewn cloth napkins – Cloth napkins are so easy to make. Just a few materials and supplies is all it takes to sew some pretty things for a table.

Hand and Lap Heating Bags – These are not only sensory materials, but also make great gifts. My family uses theirs all the time, especially when we’re cold or have an ache. Machine sewing is involved with this craft.

Stamp Your Own Wrapping Paper – Wrapping paper can be made for any occasion with paper and stamps!

Painting Birdhouses – Unpainted wooden birdhouses can be painted into whatever you imagine.

Some other posts to come will feature bread/bun warmers; book marks; coasters; hot pads; painting; and more!