Car talk: Pass time on your vacation with sharing grandparent, grandchild conversation tips

Last week, we shared some tips on planning your summer vacation with an elderly loved one in tow, from room arrangements and car considerations to planning pace and hotel handiness. So, have you hit the road yet?

Whether you’re rambling down the road or still getting plans in place, chances are there are some miles between you and your getaway locale. Which means you’ll likely have more than an hour or two to pass in transit.

So how should you plan to pass the time with three generations in one automobile? Can those from an era before central air share a good time with the Baby Boomers and kids who are more comfortable with an iPad in one hand and a cell phone in the other? Read More … Read more …

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Hit the road with the elderly loved one in your care: Tips for a stress free vacation

With summer about to go into full swing, you’re likely making plans for the annual family getaway, a time to pack up the kids, the car, and take a break from the daily routine. But if you’re planning on including your elderly loved one in your care as part of the trip, there are a few planning precautions and getaway guidelines you might want to keep in mind.

Pre-departure planning

Medical attention

• What’s up, doc?: Planning on leaving town with your elderly loved one? Better squeeze in a trip to the doctor beforehand. There are important questions you’ll want to discuss including:

-          How to handle medications they’re currently taking—and if they should include any additional supplements to help offset any travel issues (including anxiety or mental health issues)

-          Whether vaccinations are necessary

-          If all prescriptions are up to date (then make a trip to the pharmacist, so you can head out of town with all medications refilled)


Driving: Choose your vehicle wisely: Whether renting a car or trying to choose which vehicle from your family’s lineup to make the trip with, consider the limitations of your elderly loved on. Make sure any wheelchairs, walkers or mobility aids can fit in the vehicle with room to spare.

Flying? Consider comfort: If possible, request seat assignments in areas designated for disabled travelers. Arrive even earlier to your gate then you would if traveling solo; although your loved one will likely get to be among the first to board, you want to make sure they feel they have enough time to get settled in before the flight leaves. And, if walking is difficult, make use of the wheelchairs available at most airport terminals to make gate-to-gate travel quicker, safer and easier for the whole family. (Hint: most of the time, airlines include an employee to help transport your loved one in the wheelchair, an added bonus—and stress relief).

On the road

• Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn: When booking your room, ask for an option on the first floor, which will take some of the strain of walking away—and make accessibility much easier for the wheelchair and walker bound. And speaking of wheelchairs, if your loved one is in one, make sure to talk to the hotel staff when you make your reservations to make sure your room is in an accessible area of the grounds.

• It’s in the itinerary: Let’s face it, vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, but, quite often, they can become tiresome as days become packed with as many activities as possible. Keep in mind the limitations of your elderly loved one—and make efforts to set your pace to match it. This may require a few afternoons where one family member kicks back with the eldest group member, or perhaps an afternoon or two where the whole crew just finds a quiet, cool place to relax and enjoy one another.

And, above all, try not to stress too much. With your pre-planning steps in place, you’re set for a great time. Enjoy the chance to get out and explore with the whole family, make new memories and become even closer. 


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Preserving Memories Digitally

Americans are shooting digital snapshots with wild abandon, leading to hundreds of souvenir photos stored on our digital cameras. In fact, most people likely have thousands of untouched photos with bewildering file names stashed in folders on their PC’s hard drive.

Here are some tips for organizing your digital images:

* Don’t leave them on the camera.

* Use your PC to organize and enhance your digital images on their way to their permanent storage place. Windows Photo Gallery, new on Windows Vista, makes it easy to import, store and organize photos.

* Invest in a good editing or photo management program, such as Windows Photo Gallery, which is included in Windows Vista.

* Consider saving your images to a DVD, CD or USB drive.

* Although online services allow you to store your images, some services will start deleting your photos if your account is inactive for some time or you never purchase prints through them.

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Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Vegetables

PART I:  Cook It Up the Healthy Way

Bake …

Sweet potato fries by cutting up into slices and seasoning with olive oil, cayenne pepper and a dash of salt.

Peaches for a sweet snack. Slice in half, drizzle on some honey and sprinkle with ginger and pecans.

Winter squash. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon.

A potato for lunch. Top with broccoli and a sprinkle of cheese.

An apple for dessert. Fill the core with dried fruit and nuts. Read More … Read more …

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