How to Make a Family Notebook – for Senior Citizens

how to make a family notebookDo you know how to make a family notebook? We all need a notebook of emergency information in a convenient spot in the house — just in case. As we age, the need for a family notebook is even more pronounced. In this post, I will tell you how to organize a binder so that in the event of emergency, your family can be contacted or your neighbors alerted.

I recently rearranged my notebook to include emergency numbers, family history and stories, “wisdom” I want my children to know, last wishes and funeral plans. Continue reading

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Daily Prayer and Meditation Guides -Prayers for Senior Citizens

prayers for senior citizensAs a senior citizen, I seem to treasure my morning quiet time more than ever, don’t you?  This page of prayers for senior citizens is a list of prayerful ideas and suggested practices especially for those of us who are over 60.   Daily Prayer and meditation lifts us when we are down, comforts us when we are sad, leads us when we feel lost, and keeps us centered in God, Spirit, the Creator, our Supreme Being. Many of us use a daily prayer and meditation guide. Some of us pray through music. Others live life as a prayer, like our friend, Helen, in this painting.  The artist is my sister, Nancy Tate Hellams.  Thank you, Nancy.  When someone mentions prayers and senior citizens in the same sentence, I always see your beautiful painting of Helen.

Note:  You do not have permission to copy or use this picture.  Thank you for your respect.

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Top 70th Birthday Celebration Ideas

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It is time to celebrate! Is a 70th birthday celebration coming up soon for you or someone special? Don’t miss this opportunity to gather friends and family for a memorable time honoring the 70 year old.
When I approached 70, I began planning to have a party for friends and family who had helped, guided, and loved me over the years. First, the date of my birthday was on a weekend, so I called a local restaurant and had a preliminary detailed discussion, including reserving a private room.


& I worked on the wording of the invitations, the guest list, the decorations and all the fun details for the evening. Sadly, it never happened! Soon I discovered that our local University had a home ball game that night, which would present traffic problems for an evening party and accommodation limitations as well. Needless to say, I was so disappointed. Now, I will work toward my 75th!

The Most Fun 70th Birthday Party Invitations

Of course, you already know that your invitations will set the mood for the party.   And with the Zazzle cards and invitations, you can even write your own words if you like.  Make it personal and super fun!

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Best 70th Birthday Decorations for Your Party

I think the photo props may be the most important decorations of all — your guests will have fun posing with the different props and the photos themselves will be great to include in your thank you notes.

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&There are so many things to think about as you prepare for the wonderful festivity! Your personal budget guides the direction from small, simple, and sensitive to grandiose complete with a great meal and a dance band. Whether a small or large elegant party, a simple square dance with BBQ , or a brunch or luncheon— the honoree’s life impacts the decision. Have your specific offer for a celebration set in your mind before you talk with the birthday person and determine if that fits their wishes as well. With their help providing the guest list, you are off and running for a great event!Make it smashing! Explore the 70th birthday ideas shared here and choose a theme appropriate to the person! Are they “bright and sparkly” or more quiet and reserved? Formal or informal? What has their life been about – medicine, fishing, farming, sports, education? Tie in any of the angles you are comfortable working with in little ways. Select invitations that set the tone for the party!

See how you can incorporate some of these 70th birthday ideas on tables and throughout the room. Remember that photographs will show later what your effort has been – appreciated and treasured for years to come.

70th Birthday Celebration Ideas for Gifts

I found a great collection of 70th birthday gifts at Granny Geek’s Blog !   You might think about gifts she would especially appreciate if she has one of those aggravating senior conditions so many of us struggle with.  As seniors, tho, we do have the right to jump from serious to silly in a quick minute.  You can be practical or totally ridiculous!

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Don’t forget — Your 70th Birthday Celebration Needs a Song!

And don’t forget to find someone to lead the group in singing Happy Birthday! Make the event as memorable as possible for this special person in your life on the occasion of their 70th birthday!

Happy Birthday, by Beethoven? Bach? Mozart? – Nicole Pesce on piano

Nicole Pesce in concert at Tempe Center for the Arts, not only showed her virtousity, but gave us a taste of her creativity and humor. In this clip, she speculates on how the master composers may have played one of today’s most popular songs. June 24, 2011

Hve a great 70th birthday celebration!

Betty DeLorme


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Microwaveable Plush Animals for Dementia Patients

 Intelex Cozy Microwaveable Plush, Puppy

Microwaveable plush animals are such a thoughtful gift for dementia patients.  I think this microwaveable plush puppy is my personal favorite.   Comforting to hold, this loving, soft, plushy puppy will be loved at first sight.
This microwaveable plush puppy is the perfect gift for your loved one.
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Coloring Books for Senior Women

Coloring books for senior women have come a long way, baby! When I started this fun new hobby about 4 years ago, adult coloring books were hard to find. As more and more of us discovered the joy of simply coloring a few minutes a day, more and more artists created beautiful books for us to color. You can find funny coloring books, floral coloring books, and even inspirational coloring books. Like so many of you, I am busier than I have ever been in my life! But I always take 15 minutes a day for coloring. Coloring helps me to focus, to rest my mind and relax a bit. I even have coloring on my daily list of things to do! If you have not tried adult coloring books yet, now is the time.

Favorite Coloring Books for Senior Women

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My favorite coloring book by far– this is hilarious!  You will recognize so many of the phrases in this book. I think my top favorite is “Lord love a duck” or maybe “well bless your little heart.”
This coloring book is the perfect gift for a senior with a great sense of humor. Quite frankly, I think most of my friends deserve this one. We all need to giggle while we color, don’t we? I think that’s a new rule, especially for older women — giggling while coloring. Our favorite new pastime. Old women don’t rock on the porch anymore. We quietly color and giggle at the naughty things we are coloring. I think past generations would be jealous – or maybe they stitched naughty words and giggled. I wonder. Continue reading

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Fall Prevention for the Elderly at Home

fall prevention for the elderly at homeFall prevention for the elderly at home is possible and a necessity of our lives.  One of the things most of us fear most is a fall.  A broken hip can severely interfere with our independence, and we definitely don’t want our independence compromised in any way.

Walk through your house.  Do you see any scatter rugs that need to be removed?  Do it now.  
Look for loose cords hanging in places that might cause you to trip.  How about edges of bedspreads or curtains?  Look for anything that drags on the floor.  


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Top Computer Accessories for Seniors

Computer accessories for seniors help to level the playing field for those of us with aging vision.  From large print keyboards to screen magnifiers, we can make our computers more senior-friendly.

How Do I Make My Screen Bigger?

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