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Transforming A Nursing Home Room This Christmas


The Christmas holidays are supposed to be happy, fun, joyful and overflowing with bonds of love. Although nursing home staffs make the effort to create a merry atmosphere, family and friends can go the extra mile to create a festive space out of their loved one’s room. Here’s how my family transformed a loved one’s room […]

A Wall Of Memories


By Cindy Terlouw One year ago after a short hospital stay, we brought our dear mother to a nursing home facility in the town where she was born and raised.  The doctors informed us that she was very fragile due to conditions surrounding congestive heart failure. After 66 years of marriage and having never spent […]

Are You Too Busy To See?


“Mam, do you need help?” Running late as usual, because I always have a hundred things on my plate, I noticed my gas tank was low. Frustrated, I pulled up to the gas pump, grabbed my credit card, jumped out of the car, swiped my card, and started filling the gas tank. How much gas […]

Birthdays Don’t Cause Unsafe Driving


My dad turns 89 soon and I think he ought to quit driving.  Where do I start? Birthdays don’t cause unsafe driving.  Health conditions do.  Before you  talk to your dad about your concerns, observe his driving and look for signs that it’s no longer safe.  Ask your dad’s doctor whether medical conditions could affect […]

A Beauty or a Grooming Gift


Even when my mother was 91 years old, she still wanted me to bring her “Age Performing Cream and Night Repair Cream!” She also welcomed creamy nice smelling body lotion. So maybe every six months, I put together a beauty basket for her. The basket contained such items as: body lotion chap stick special moisturizers […]

Will You Be My Pen Pal?


When Maggie was 7 years old, she asked her great grandma, “Will you be my pen pal?” Grandma Irene said, “Yes I would love to be your pen pal!” So, for a few years, they wrote letters to each other until Grandma could no longer write. Recently, at 101 years of age, Great Grandma Irene […]

72 Questions


Do you ever wonder what to talk about when you go to visit an elderly aunt, grandfather or parent? If so, check out Telling Life’s Stories on my website.  There you will find approximately 72 questions to ask someone about their life.  Such as: What was your favorite subject in school? Why? What was your first […]