Encourage your aging parent (even Dad!) to maintain their physical appearance. You will quickly notice changes in both their physical health and in their overall well being.
This coming Saturday, July 15, is National Give Something Away Day.
In the spirit of this holiday, together start cleaning out your mom’s refrigerator and pantry and donate usable items to a local food bank. Check out her closet, and together decide with gently worn clothing to donate to a local shelter.
Take pictures of your hard word and share them on social media with the hashtags #give something away day.
Independence Day celebrations are once a year and we love to celebrate. Celebrating the love of your parents isn’t once a year, it is a daily event. As difficult as it is, to watch our parents age and lose their independence, as children, we must be there for them to ensure that their aging is with class, good health, and professional care.
In honor of your upcoming wedding anniversary, your spouse just surprised you with a romantic week-long trip. You know you are supposed to be thrilled but, there is no way that you can go. You are the primary caretaker for your aging parents, and a vacation is impossible.
Who will take care of Mom?
Who will look in on her in the afternoons?
How will she get to the doctor?
Who will set up her medications?
And… what happens if there is a real emergency?
These are the exact reasons that you NEED a vacation. Being the primary caretaker for aging parents is challenging and demanding, and it takes its toll on you. You need this for your heart and mind.
Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you stressed about organizing an activity that is conducive to your aging father’s needs? Family First has three helpful tips on organizing a successful Father’s Day celebration.
Can you imagine saying goodbye to your mother as you watch her leave your family vacation more than a week early, paying an additional thousand dollars because let’s face it YOU didn't properly plan a vacation with your aging parents in mind? This year, plan the perfect family vacation that your aging parents will actually enjoy.
Frustrated with your kids on electronic devices all the time? Convince them to use technology to connect with Granny. Read our latest blog and learn more about FaceTiming Granny.
By: Elle Galbut Bienenfeld, RN
A powerful gift that Bubby gave to me, on the first Mother's Day, I celebrated as a mother. I hope that you will find it inspiring.
My Dearest Elle,
At my school, The Pulmonary Gym at South Miami, we get various speakers who discuss foods we should eat, exercises we should do, and oxygens we should use. Every now and then, we get articles and papers of interest to read and take home.
I am enclosing one that is quite rewarding to read that I received this past week. Even at the age of 88, with the love of my beloved family and the help from my excellent and devoted home healthcare nurses, I strive to continue leading an exceptional, superb and powerful life. I hope each of you will have the same desire.
Love Always, Bubby
20 Tips for Ultimate Happiness:
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk each day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti- depressant.
2. When you wake up each morning, say “my purpose is to do 3 good deeds today”.
3. Live with the 3 E’s---Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
4. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
5. Dream more while you are awake.
6. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and less that are manufactured in plants.
7. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
8. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, negative thoughts or things you can’t control. Instead invest your energy in the positive, present moment.
9. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appears and fades away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
12. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. you have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, “In five years will this really matter?
16. What other people think of you is none of your business.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
19. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
20. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride!
Elle Bienenfeld and her husband Jaimie are the proud parents of six children. Elle is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing and an administrator at Family First Home Health Care, a consumer-directed private care nurse registry based in Miami Beach. Family First understands that there is nothing more important than caring for those you love. We are dedicated to referring only those caregivers whom we ourselves would hire for our own parent or grandparent. Call us today. 786.577.5555 or check out our websitewww.f1hh.com.