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National Assisted Living Week

September

National Assisted Living Weekģ (NALW) is celebrated every year beginning on Grandparentís Day.

ALW week highlights the crucial role assisted living residences play in helping our nationís seniors and people with disabilities enjoy a meaningful quality of life. Caregivers deliver loving care and services to about 1 million residents who live in an estimated 36,000-licensed assisted living and residential care facilities nationwide.

On any given day, residents participate in recreational and therapeutic activities, and visit with family, friends, and fellow residents. Caregiving professionals provide assistance with basic human needs such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, or taking medicine. People who work in assisted living residences see their care giving duties as a calling and are trained to maintain a residentís right to make his or her own choices about their daily life and routines.

The nationís professional assisted living communityóthe American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)ówill continue its collaboration in celebrating the week in unison for the third consecutive year. CNL Retirement Corp., a real estate investment trust located in Orlando, Fla., continues its support of NALW through a corporate sponsorship. CNL is one of the nationís leading investors in the seniors housing market, specializing in the acquisition of premium independent and assisted living communities.


NALW was created in 1995 by NCAL and is a registered trademark. For more information about previous NALW celebrations, please visit www.nalw.org.

The American Health Care Association and The National Center For Assisted Living represent nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit nursing facilities, assisted living residences, subacute centers and homes for persons with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. Members of AHCA and NCAL are long term care providers who believe that the individuals they serve are entitled to a supportive environment in which professional and compassionate care is delivered in a safe and secure setting.


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Grandparents Day - September (USA)

Grandparents Day occurs on the first Sunday after Labor Day (Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September).

National Grandparents Day: The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. For 2006, Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 10th. (National Grandparents Council & National Grandparents Day web site)

Grandparent Quotes

"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916); Austrian novelist.

Pastiche Family Portal HomeFirst Time Grandparents

Becoming a first-time grandparent is exciting - an event many people look forward to with great anticipation in later life. The first snapshot that reaches your anxious hands, the first time holding your grandchild’s tiny, sweet-smelling body in your arms.

The first time hearing the long awaited words “grandma,” or “grandpa” from cherub lips all will make your heart melt with pride, joy, and love.

baby pictureOn Becoming a Grandparent

©2006 Lori S. Anton, editor Savvy-Baby-Gear.com

Whether you live a great distance away, a few towns over, or just around the block, you can have a very positive impact on your grandchild’s life, become an important role model, and be of great help to your daughter or son – new in their role as a parent.

First Things First…the New Parents

To ensure that things get off to a good start it is important to consider the following: How much help and advice is too much? After all, you don’t want to overwhelm new parents, not yet comfortable or confident in their new role as parents. Or make it appear as though you question their competence.

To avoid possible offense, it might be best to offer advice sparingly, except when specifically asked. Once the new parents understand that your motive is genuine, and not because you think they are not doing a good enough job, they will relax and better appreciate your unique role as grandparent.

It is also a good idea not to criticize the efforts of your child in their role as parent – or the efforts of their spouse. Unless the child’s safety, health, or emotional well-being is at risk, at which time helpful suggestions instead of pointed criticism will produce better results. Remember, your goal is to help create a happy and loving environment for your grandchild, not one marred by hurt or resentment.

That aside, let’s looks at the many positive ways you can add to the quality of your life and that of your grandchild, at the same time benefiting the lives of others involved.

Building a Special Bond with Your Grandchild

As a grandparent, you have the golden opportunity to play a very important and positive role in their life – now, and in years to come.

If you live nearby, one way to spend quality time with your grandchild is to baby sit, as time and health permit. This not only provides you precious moments alone with your grandchild, but new parents benefit from time off by themselves. It is healthy for parents to take a “breather” every now and then, and what better person to care for the baby than you, the grandparent?

Babies love to be rocked. They also enjoy pleasing sounds; singing softly is soothing to a baby, and creates a sense of contentment. The more you talk and sing to your grandchild, the quicker they will learn the sound of your voice, the sooner they respond with gurgles and giggles every time you enter the room.

toddler pictureThe Joys of Reading

Toddlers and young children love to be read to. Snuggling down in a chair with your grandchild, reading, laughing, and giggling together builds a closer bond between you and your grandchild. It also helps the child develop listening, reasoning, and language skills.

Select interesting, age-appropriate stories, ones with plenty of bright, colorful pictures. Choose stories that stress good moral values, and teach life-lessons. After reading the story, ask your grandchild questions about the story; discuss what happened, what the character did or did not do, and why.

Educators frequently emphasize the importance of the first three years of a child’s life. The size of their brain grows 90%, new skills are learned, and their unique personality blossoms. Engaging a young child in conversation encourages them to share their thoughts and feelings. Reading to them piques interest in literary works early in life. Both facilitate good communication and socialization skills.

Long-Distance Grand Parenting

Even if you live a great distance away you can still have a big impact on your grandchild’s life. Precious moments visiting back and forth will feel all too short; but such visits will be precious and time spent together remembered with fondness.

When grandchildren do visit, lots of hugs and planning a special activity together is important. A trip to the park or playground, playing a game, sharing a banana split at an ice cream shop all offer the opportunity to talk and share; filling in the missing months or years between visits.

Distant grandparents can also take advantage of modern technology; the Internet, fax machines, and telephones. Cell phones – especially those that allow the exchange of pictures – are great and help bridge the miles.

E-mailing pictures and messages over the Internet is an inexpensive, convenient, and fun way to maintain daily contact. Computer programs that allow voice messages and digital cameras for on-the-spot photo sharing enhance exchanges and are the next best thing to actually being there.

At Savvy-Baby-Gear.com, we know that grandparents have the potential to impact their grandchildren’s lives in very tangible ways. They also have a marvelous opportunity to teach grandchildren about family history; linking the past with the present, giving that child a deep sense of belonging.

©2006 Lori S. Anton, editor Savvy-Baby-Gear.com

Lori S. Anton has been a published writer for nearly 30 years. She is founder and editor of Writers Write Now, offering original professionally written SEO custom content, quick content, and free content for web sites. Visit Writers Write Now.

Lori is also editor for the Savvy Baby Gear web site at http://www.savvy-baby-gear.com, your one-stop shop for everything today’s parents of infants need: clothes, educational and fun toys and activities, care and safety products, clothing, nursery supplies, and educational aids for mom and dad. Visit Savvy Baby Gear - essentials for happy babies and parents.

© Lori S. Anton Savvy Pet Editor

Pastiche Family Portal HomeTop 10 Power Foods

According to a recent article by AARP, avocado, salmon, apples, and chicken are supercharged sources of health and energy. Read all about it, and get some yummy recipes at the AARP web site.

Pastiche Family Portal HomeSpotting the Spoiled Child

Is your child or grandchild "spoiled?"

That depends on your interpretation of the meaning. For some medical professionals, the sign of a spoiled child is one with the "I want, I want" syndrome. Another describes a .." spoiled kid is someone who sits inside on a cold day -- sipping hot chocolate and watching TV -- while her dad shovels snow in the driveway, says Kindlon. He notes that such children often feel entitled not to have to contribute to responsibilities. They also usually have parents that emotionally indulge them -- for example, excusing them from chores because they already have a tough school schedule." Read this interesting article at WebMD.com

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Pastiche Family Portal HomeGrandparents as Parents

Did You Know?

"According to the US Census Bureau, there was a 30% increase from 1990 to 2000-from 3.5 million in 1990 to 4.5 million in 2000-of children living in grandparent-headed households. In 1998, 1.4 million children lived in a household where neither parent was present and the grandparent assumed the role of primary caregiver."

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Pastiche Family Portal HomePets - More Than Companions

Dog owners know their pets are more than just animals. In fact, animals are highly sensitive and experience emotions and stress just like we do.

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Senior Topics

Grandpa Printables

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Grandparent Quotes

When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.
Ogden Nash

Grandparents are old on the outside but young on the inside. Author Unknown

No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet.
Author Unknown

The best place to be when you're sad is on Grandpa's lap. Author Unknown

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Grandpa Printables

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Grandmas are short on criticism but long on love.
Author Unknown

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.
Author Unknown

Grandmas hold our hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever. Author Unknown

A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance.
Author Unknown

A garden of Love grows in a Grandmother's heart. Author Unknown

Grandmother - a wonderful mother with lots of practice.
Author Unknown

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. Author Unknown

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. Unknown

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Grandma Printables


Senior Resources

AARP Blog

Mature Topics Index

AARP's Grandparent
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BenefitsCheckUpRx

FirstGOV Web Site for Seniors

Senior Journal

National Institute of Health - Senior Issues Pages

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