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  1. Your Health in Winter

    Brrr! It's cold! At least where I live. Time to start thinking about winter. Do you find you protect your health more in winter, in the effort to avoid colds and flu etc? Or that you take lesser care of yourself b/c you're more likely to eat warm comfort foods and partake of  such drinks as hot chocolate? Or ??   And, if you will, do you find yourself increasing, decreasing or maintaining exercise schedules and other health routines?
  2. Healthcare

    Personally, i think the entire medical industry needs an overhaul.  All of it.  Many we speak with feel the same. So much goes into facilities with all the Chihuly glass, art, massive atriums full of empty space, waterfalls, plants and furnishings. Half of our medical records or more have been lost during the transfer of paper to computer. Bedside manner is rushed at best. Symptoms are treated and patients get passed along from one doc to the next, from procedure to procedure, specialist to specialist, medication after medication and even after years of this the underlying cause is a complete mystery to the professional we trust to our care. Premiums continue to rise, the cost of service, medication. If i were to walk into a police station with similar information it would be considered robbery. Many people in the industry itself feel the same. 
  3. Milk in the News...

    Saw this in the news on Aol: http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/06/skim-milk-could-increase-your-risk-of-diabetes-study-suggests/21339630/ Does info like this change your eating/drinking habits? Thoughts?
  4. Healthy Eating and the Holidays

    No doubt, there are a lot of holidays coming up this month and next. Often they involve a special meal and many of you will be celebrating more than one of them. How do you plan to maintain a healthy diet, during these festivities? Or do you?
  5. Fall Health Routines

    Do your health routines, if any, change in autumn? Do you eat differently? Do different activities for exercise? Or ??
  6. Good morning, everyone- My grandchildren are being neglected- I've gently brought this to my childrens attention (daughter and son inlaw) as well as taking the most compassionate "let's get down to brass tacks" approach -- on more than one occassion- I understand that parenting can seem like one continuous mistake, that there are times when your best doesn't make the grade, that there will be failures and success- But darn, the heartache- Six kids ages 1 - 9 living in a pop-up camper with their parents as the temps begin to drop- Clothing almost always dirty- They're under nourished- Had the girls here today- Brushed their hair for them and had them brush their teeth and when they brushed them their gums bled- For a while they went without running water- They're not on a campground- Showers aren't consistent- They're being "lightly" homeschooled- The 9 year old still doesn't know how to read- I'm told this is acceptable according to homeschool standards- They're allowing their house to go into foreclosure even though they've enough money to keep it from doing so- They recently purchased a business, about 8 months ago- The house is about 40 minutes away from the business, which is the reason they offer for letting go of their home- The business isn't strong- They failed to meet a crucial financial deadline but were able to strike a last minute deal and were given until this coming March to come up with enough money to keep it- It appears to me they're clinging to the business as a way to keep from facing the responsibilities of rasing a family-   There's so much more ..   I've helped them and they me equally- But eventually the day came when I had to begin to strategize how I helped in order not to enable the situation, to simply bring the best I can offer to the circumstance be it food or giving my full attention when I'm able to- Yesterday we worked on Halloween costumes-   Today is my daughters birthday- 33 years since that precious child came into my life- I've no regrets- And yet my heart is breaking ... last night was another sleepless night-   Thank you for listening-
  7. Medicine

    Sue's comment about medicines in the Organic Dining thread made me think... Which do you tend to favor, conventional medicine or natural (herbs, etc)? Or do you avoid any kind of medicine, as much as possible?
  8. As you move into your golden years and take on the role of loving grandparent to your adoring grandchildren, you'll want to be aware of what to expect. With a fair amount of information, you can move into the next phase of life with every expectation of joy and happiness. Here are a few tried-and-true tips that will allow you to continue to enjoy life as a new grandparent. Respect Your Children and In-Laws Though your children are now fully functioning adults, you might still have a tendency to think of them as kids. If you notice your son and daughter-in-law making odd parenting choices, for example, you should still respect their authority. In most cases, they'll be consulting with their pediatrician on the best possible path for the grandkids. If they're not, don't worry. It's easy to become pessimistic or negative about your children, on whom they marry, and how they choose to raise their kids. If you respect their choices, even when not agreeing, they'll eventually listen to you. You'll still likely be asked to help with babysitting duties during certain days of the month, and you can use this time to develop lifelong personal bonds with your grandchildren. In all instances, of course, you should follow the directions of your son or daughter when it comes to feeding, bathing and play time. Accept Physical Aging As you move into the grandparent phase of life, you should expect to see signs of physical aging. Wrinkles and blemishes on the skin, for example, are a natural part of life. Wrinkles merely indicate that you've lived long enough to obtain true wisdom, which can then be bestowed on others. By accepting your wrinkles instead of fighting to cover them up, you'll experience a much happier existence. You'll also have an easier time socializing at dinners, parties, picnics and barbecues. Physical aging is always trumped by an effusive personality. There are companies who create skin products for the elderly, but aging is something you should welcome. Don't purposely be unhealthy, but remember folks, it's okay to age! Enjoy! Adhere to a Healthy Diet Becoming a grandparent does not mean, however, that you should neglect your health. By consuming nutrient-rich foods on a daily basis, you can continue to engage in physical activities that you've enjoyed your whole life. You'll also have a better chance of warding off diabetes, heart disease and other maladies. Leafy greens and legumes are both stellar foods that will keep you looking your very best. Kale, cabbage and mustard greens are chock full of vitamins and minerals. Beans, nuts, seeds, citrus fruits and lean meats are also excellent choices. Venturing out into some alternative culinary options can dazzle your taste buds and reinvigorate your passion for life. Spoil Your Grandchildren Wisely While there is nothing wrong with buying your grandchildren gifts when you see them, you should try to make modest purchases whenever possible. A few choice toys, for example, will usually go over well. Expensive purchases can ruin kids and leave them unimpressed with smaller presents. Here are a few inexpensive gifts that will nevertheless be appreciated: Picture books Matchbox cars and trucks Restaurant gift certificates Sports equipment T-shirts Stuffed animals Gifts that are wrapped up with beautiful bows will be especially hard to resist. Find New Hobbies Once you've been welcomed to the ranks of new grandparents, you might find it the perfect time to try out some new hobbies. If you've always had artistic aspirations, you might try sketching with pencils or oil painting. If you're in decent physical shape, you could train for a half-marathon or perhaps even a full marathon. You might also choose to take a grand vacation to an exotic locale with your children and grandchildren. Hiking trips through the Appalachians or three-day weekends at Disney World or Universal Studios can promote family ties and give everyone a chance to let loose. Stay Involved with Friends While familial commitments might require a lot of energy, you should still make time for friends who have stood beside you since you were young. Meeting for coffee at the corner shop, for example, will allow you to stay in touch with people you care about. Sending holiday cards is also a stellar idea. If you are technologically savvy, you might even choose to keep up with friends through Skype. By accepting the aging process and doing your best to take care of yourself, you should become a magnificent grandparent. As you continue to move through life, you can enjoy your grandchildren with gusto. ***Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
  9. Summertime Health Routines

    Do you vary your health routines, if any, at all, in the summer? Do you, for example, jog more often b/c it's better weather or less often b/c it gets "too hot?" Get more exercise b/c you're more likely to go swimming or less b/c you tend to "laze around" poolside or on the beach? Or perhaps summer weather encourages you to eat healthier b/c you find salads refreshing and drink more water? Or, to the contrary, finds you giving into cravings for ice cream, etc? Or ??
  10. Now that the Blog section is open, it seems to be developing rapidly. And several of its entries are of special interest, IMO, to GP caregivers. You can see for yourselves, of course, but I've decided to note them here, just as a convenience. For now, I'm spreading the list over "replies" - General - of interest to all kinship caregivers, Nanny Grannies, Et Al - of particular interest to nanny grannies and grampies and so on, and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - of particular interest to those who are raising their grand(or other relative) children. (No doubt, anyone and everyone on this site might find any and all of these blogs informative, entertaining and/or intriguing.) Please feel free to comment on any or all of these or the Blog section, overall, below... ETA: Blog entries are coming in "fast and furiously" now so I may not be able to "catch" all the ones that are of interest to us caregivers. If you see one that I miss, please post about it below. Thank you.
  11. My parents, who live across country, not long ago moved into a small one bedroom apartment. They are living on a very tight income and both have multiple medical issues. For many years they have been helping out my sister who is the single mother of 3,financially and physically (babysitting, transportation, etc...). My sister is a severe diabetic and in recent years has lost most of her eyesight and had part of her foot amputated. I fully understand my parents desire to help her out, but it has come to the point that this is no longer feasible. My sisters two sons are grown and are now having children of their own, though neither of them are remotely capable of supporting themselves or their new offspring. My sisters other child is 15 and in school. They all are constantly asking for money, to borrow their car, or just showing up to eat. I've tried talking to my sister and her kids trying to gently explain that this cannot continue but it has not helped. I also tried talking to my folks, explaining that some tough love is needed and that they are actually not helping in the long run...that too failed. I'm raising two kids on my own and don't have a large pool disposable income but send money when I can. It is so frustrating knowing that part of what I'm sending them is going out of their pocket and into someone else's hands. I am considering the possibility of moving back to their state and having them live with me. I just can't handle hearing they are broke or going without needed food or medication. What should I do?
  12. Walking

    Walking is my favorite form of exercise. It's pleasant, it's healthy, and it gives me a chance not only to stretch my legs but to clear my mind.   I used to be able to walk up to 2 hours or so at a stretch. Once I started helping out as the caregiver to my DGC (dear grandchildren), however, I admit, I let my regular walking routine lapse. Now that they're both in fulltime school and I have more hours on my hands, I'm walking a few times a week again. But I haven't gotten up to where I was b4, as yet. And, of course, winter has gotten in the way, a little bit. I'm sure i'll get back up to par in the spring.   Anyone else into walking?
  13. According to a new study, baby boomers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes than the generation before us. "Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," the study's authors wrote. "On a positive note, baby boomers are less likely to smoke cigarettes and experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation." What gives? I think our lifestyle is more comfortable and less active than it was before. We live a more sedentary lifestyle. This means it's time to get active -- even in the smallest ways like swimming, walking, and gardening. What can you change for a healthy lifestyle?