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Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Your Loved One on Veterans Day

To the brave men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we honor you and your families this Veterans Day… and every day.

Veteran’s Day is on November 11th. There are 9.2 million veterans age 65 and older, who are beyond deserving of recognition and appreciation for their service. Here are several purposeful ways to celebrate this special time with a veteran loved one.

Accompany the veteran to a Veterans Day parade, a luncheon or a national park.

Parades are usually the biggest and most colorful way to spend the day. Many restaurants offer a free meal for ex-service members. A National park is a fun place to enjoy nice fall weather. The parks have free entry on this day.

Enjoy a special family gathering at home.

Raise a flag, tell family stories, play games and sing patriotic songs. It’s okay for family and friends to ask your veteran loved one to tell his or her favorite military stories.

This can be a touchy subject, but the key is to be thoughtful with your questions. Your loved one …
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5 Activities to Celebrate Grandparent’s Day

There is no doubt that grandparents have a unique relationship with their grandchildren. They often serve as a friend, mentor and your biggest fan throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Grandparents can fill roles that parents may not. Whether it is guidance or entertainment, grandparents are always there to bring joy and perspective into our lives.

Take time this year to celebrate and appreciate the grandparents or seniors in your life by planning one of these meaningful activities for Grandparent’s Day on September 8th.

Cook something together: Perhaps your grandma or grandpa makes a favorite dish or dessert you love, but you have not taken the time to learn it for yourself.  Sometimes a recipe can only tell you so much. It’s helpful to walk through the steps together and learn the secret tricks to make those chocolate chip cookies so delicious.

Schedule a photo shoot together: It doesn’t have to be with an expensive photographer or camera but schedule time to capture photos of you with your grandma and/or grandpa. Pick a spot that has a nice background and ask …
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Travel Tips for a Stress-Free Multi-Generational Vacation

Summer is here. It’s time to plan your next fun family vacation. You may wonder what’s the best way for everyone in the family, from the kids to Grandma to have a great time, and for you as a parent and/or caregiver to get a well-deserved break.

There are many good reasons families often travel with parents on a trip with the rest of the family. Getting away from the everyday routine to spend time together strengthens bonds and creates memories that can last for a lifetime. Grandparents can help provide a break and it allows for quality time with their grandchildren. It can also be more cost-effective to travel with the entire family who can share the costs of food, accommodations and travel.

As you prepare for the time off, here are some travel tips to have an enjoyable and less stressful time:

Tips for Planning the Trip:

When thinking about where to go, try to include everyone in the discussion to the extent possible. Keep in mind considerations for any physical or mental health concerns aging …
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10 Life Story Questions to Ask Your Grandparents

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that our grandparents had exciting lives before we came into the picture.  Nonetheless, we can all stand to learn a thing or two from them.  Talking with seniors about their past and listening to their life story is a valuable opportunity to get to know our relatives better and see them in a different light.

Many older adults have gone through the trials and successes that life experience often brings. Getting to know more about their history can help bring you and your loved ones closer.  You might also gain some helpful advice or wisdom to use in your life.  If they allow it, ask them these questions on video. You’ll walk away with a moment saved in time to one day show a future generation if they ever ask about their family history.

It’s hard to find a good time to sit down with grandparents but consider holidays like Grandparent’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day as a fitting time to make this a priority. Pull out old photos to reference and travel back to …
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