I recently volunteered for a community project to make homemade Valentine's Day cards for local elderly residents. I'm enjoying making the cards, but I suddenly find my mind blank! I need to come up with some good sayings/sentiments/quotes to put in the cards. These will all be for people I've never met, so that knocks out a lot of the usual sayings. Since a good deal of these people do not have family around, I'd love it if I could say something that will make them smile. I just know you guys will have some great ideas! THANKS!
posted by 3fluffies
on Jan 28, 2009 -
Parent Filter: What can I do about this parent/child role reversal that is poisoning my mind and my life and how can I let this parent know that even though I love them dearly I will not continue to let them manipulate me and dump all of their responsibilities on to my plate??? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 5, 2009 -
Nursing Home/ Hair Care Filter: How can I wash her hair without actually washing it? Is it possible to help my bedridden mother keep her hair clean without washing it? [more inside]
posted by lrkuperman
on Dec 12, 2008 -
With the holidays coming I find my inability to tolerate some family members and listen to the inane chatter that fills the room. I am often visually unhappy about the situation. How can I tolerate such gatherings in a way that at least makes it appear I'm not so unhappy? (Bonus points if I'm ACTUALLY not so unhappy). [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Dec 1, 2008 -
How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Nov 23, 2008 -
My 11 year old male shepherd-mix is in congestive heart failure, but doing very well on medicine. He has a good outlook for many months of high quality living. The diuretic medicine causes him to pee in the house occasionally -- because I can't get him out the door fast enough. We live in a condo and he has to go out on leash. We can't leave the house for more than a couple hours or he will need to pee. I welcome any tips on managing incontinence for large male dogs.
posted by valannc
on Oct 21, 2008 -
Are there any good products that help an elderly woman remember when to take her pills and which pills to take?
posted by bucksox
on Oct 18, 2008 -
Help me with some free, easy to use software for elderly people to use on a computer. Specifically: hands-off, self-maintaining security, and a good replacement for Windows Explorer. [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu
on Jul 2, 2008 -
I've been commissioned to take photos of a 70 year old nutritionist and her husband, showing them "as fit and healthy as possible." Can you offer advice on how to do it and what to charge? [more inside]
posted by andihazelwood
on Apr 23, 2008 -
Who are the oldest working professional people? After reading about Manoel de Oliveira
, who appears to be the oldest working filmmaker, I wondered about the oldest working people in other fields, for instance, the oldest professor still writing papers, or the oldest lawyer still trying cases in court... all other professions or occupations welcome. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol
on Mar 16, 2008 -
Transportation and domestic help options for an elderly couple in Stamford, CT? [more inside]
posted by sotalia
on Jan 12, 2008 -
Could anyone provide examples of medical devices that assist the elderly / assisted-living patients? (for instance, LifeAlert, the device that can be used to notify authorities if an elderly person is in danger). I'm doing an analysis on such devices, but I need to formulate a list of the different types of technologies available first.
Keep in mind, this list includes both monitoring devices and assistive devices.
posted by superwillis
on Dec 5, 2007 -
How do I set up a Presto-like service (send e-mail to printer for family member that's not computer savvy) without using a dialup connection? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker
on Nov 15, 2007 -
Still crazy after all these years filter - what can be done about my dad? (long post following) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 24, 2007 -
What paid work can older (65+) people do when they can no longer do the physical labor they did while young(er) and have not been trained in any other profession? Assume they are of average intelligence, but can no longer stand all day and are somewhat slow at learning technology.
posted by xo
on May 10, 2007 -
Dentist yanked grandma's ten remaining teeth; a few days later, massive heart attack. Connected? Inappropriate? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Apr 16, 2007 -
Is it possible to hire a foreign caregiver for my grandparents (USA) who need a live-in caregiver? [more inside]
posted by bhays
on Mar 7, 2007 -
How do I find and evaluate assisted living, retirement communities, and nursing homes from afar? My father wants my help in researching retirement options for him, and he wants to retire to an area where neither of us currently lives. Google is a bit overwhelming and feels predatory on this topic, and I'm just not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by occhiblu
on Feb 8, 2007 -
Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle) [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear
on Jan 16, 2007 -
What are some wonderful things with which to fill granny's new iMac? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Jan 3, 2007 -
Help me help my father: My father is elderly and has problems with his short-term memory. He wants to use a word processor to write about things that interest him, but he forgets fairly basic application techniques, such as how to save, open and create new documents. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful
on Nov 15, 2006 -
My elderly mother’s assets are nearly all tied up in her house. She needs cash now for expenses and she refuses to consider a reverse mortgage. One of my two siblings recommended establishing a life estate to protect mom’s home for her to live in, while one of us three buys the remainder estate to provide her the cash to live on. The remainder estate is valued at two thirds the appraised value of Mom’s house. Our mother’s will currently reads that her estate will be divided equally three ways on her death, and she is unlikely to change it. Is it possible that the sibling who buys the remainder estate could actually end up with much more of the total estate than the others by receiving a free-and-clear deed to the house upon our mother’s death while having actually paid only a fraction of its cost (the appraised value minus the value of Mother’s life estate and their own one third interest in the cash value left over from the remainder estate?)
posted by hdfische
on May 1, 2006 -
The recent stories about the difficulty our seniors have found in understanding the Medicare prescription benefit, coupled with continual reports of vehicular "issues" among the elderly, make me wonder about old people, and whether I will be just like them when I get there. [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman
on Mar 21, 2006 -
A friend is taking a honeymoon cruise in the western Mediterranean. How can he avoid getting on a boat full of old people? [more inside]
posted by davebug
on Sep 23, 2005 -
I'm trying to find some statistics on Internet habits of people over the age of 49. I'd like to try to find information like:
1) % on the internet
2) Time on internet
3) % buy on Internet
4) Regularity of buying
5) Types of things purchased.
Thank you for your time. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL
on Aug 9, 2005 -
Are there any places in New York City or Westchester County that can provide help with hats, scarves, hairpieces etc for an elderly woman with alopecia? It's genetic, not caused by chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal
on May 9, 2005 -
I’m looking for alternatives to/improvements on nursing home care in the NY/NJ/CT area for an elderly person with disabilities. [+] [more inside]
posted by hilatron
on Jan 12, 2005 -
Any help and insight on the following:
Diogenes Syndrome. Geriatric self-neglect. My dad's house is inhabited by 8-12 squirrels (estimate), he won't let us in the house and I'm the last one of five sons to confront the immediate issue. He's lucid, 82. Help!
posted by nj_subgenius
on Dec 29, 2004 -
What are some good magazines for an elderly women with severe depression?
She loves dogs, speaks decent Polish, has limited mobility, and an incontinence problem.
It's hard for me to judge what her interests are, because she doesn't want to do anything. she sits around with her 90 year old boyfriend, who, in all honesty, is depressingly boring.
posted by getupandgo
on Nov 26, 2004 -
Here I am enjoying "Dear Heather", the new record from Leonard Cohen, who turned 70 last month and wondering how many other septuagenarians and eightysomethings are still out there and still adding a fine song or three to the repertory of popular song?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Oct 7, 2004 -
Can anyone suggest a site that has good information regarding retirement homes? I would like some impartial information on one company in particular.
posted by alball
on Aug 5, 2004 -
DentureFilter: I need gift ideas for my elderly grandad. For father's day i am going to visit him. He's 90 years old and starting to feel like it, i try to give him stuff to make his life easier when i visit (things like a portable phone, new space heater). [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo
on Jun 18, 2004 -