How to Talk to Aging Parents about Assisted Living

Talking to aging parents about senior care options can be very uncomfortable, but there are some things one can do to help ensure that the conversation goes well.

  1. Research senior care and housing options first. Before having the conversation, it’s important to understand the differences in types of housing available for aging adults. For example, a senior may prefer something like St Petersburg assisted living where they will have their own apartment, help with housekeeping, and access to medication management, as well as an array of social activities. If the aging parent’s needs require more around-the-clock care, then a nursing home facility may be the best environment. Finally, it’s understandable why many seniors want to stay in their homes or close to loved ones, making home healthcare the best option.
  2. Keep positive. Discussing the topic of aging, and all the things that come with it, can be difficult, so it’s really important to keep the tone of the conversation positive. When talking about the different housing options available, it’s important to only speak about the residences in a positive light. Be sure to highlight the kinds of apartments they have available, the types of social activities they host regularly, and the day-to-day services that will make aging less cumbersome such as help with housekeeping, dining, bathing, and moving around.
  3. Keep the conversation open. Depending on the capabilities of the aging parent or parents, it’s important to create future dates to keep discussing plans for moving forward as the parent continues to age and their needs become greater. Additionally, it can be helpful to promise to keep the aging parent involved as a decision continues to be hammered out.

Top Reasons to Hire a Live Band

 

There is just an amazing thing that happens when a live band takes the stage. The liveliness of the moment adds a whole new dynamic to your event. Live music adds so much to any environment. People have a way of coming alive when the music starts. If you are thinking about a live band for your next outing, you will want to consider what a live band can do for you. Here are several benefits that will make it easy to hire a New England Live Band for your next party.

Benefits of Hiring a Live Band

There are some parties that are completely dull to attend. The reason for them being boring is that they are lacking high-quality entertainment. The demand for live bands necessitates that you include one at your next party.

  • A live music group adds a certain amount of flare to the atmosphere of the party. You will create a brand-new experience that people will tell their friends about for years to come. You will become known for the party that everyone wants to attend year after year.
  • There is a lot to think about when throwing that perfect party. You will want to have the right kind of entertainment that will appeal to everyone. The band provides you with an adaptable form of entertainment that will adjust as the party moves along.
  • A live band has what it takes to keep the mood feeling great. They are able to read the crowd and tell what it is they want to hear. Your entertainment will stay exciting all the way to the end of the party.
  • There is nothing worse than having to try and pick out music yourself. Through the entire process, you may feel that they may not like your choice of music, and you may be right. But by hiring a band you will have a living library of music that they will be able to play for your crowd.
  • A band makes you the center of attention. Band members have a unique way to highlight the host as they play their music.

If you are thinking about a live band for your next major engagement, then you are on the right track to throwing the best party with the greatest entertainment in your area. The benefits of a live band far exceed the easiness of having recorded music. You will find that your guest will appreciate it more than having a live band on stage.

CSM’s Hope Bearer

Since we have started homeschooling many years back, I have always been on the look out for Bible curriculums we can use not just at home but also for our church’s kids ministry. I was delighted to know that this December, CSM has launched their newest curriculum made for Sunday School entitled Hope Bearer: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis and Change. 

We all know that the pandemic has changed the landscape of Sunday School ministry and to aid teachers and parents in this season, this curriculum was developed with the message that there is hope in God and we can always rely on Him. During this time of crisis, we must not forget our children need to understand  that God is still faithful, powerful and reliable and that they can trust Him.

Hope Bearer contains 30 lessons of hope and courage for children suitable for ages 4-12. It is a tool for teachers to use in the  regular Sunday school ministry, online ministry or even in the home setting.

Hope Bearer includes:

¨      options for adjusting activities to suit online classes;

¨      links to online action song videos to enhance Bible learning;

¨      downloadable Teaching Pictures and craft templates families can print at home;

¨      suggestions for collaborating with parents to enable home-based Sunday school;

¨      a checklist for monitoring children’s spiritual growth and character development.

Here are some photos of the lessons:

The curriculum has an easy to follow layout and has already listed all the information one would need to prepare for Bible lessons. For every lesson, there is a Bible Text, Objectives, Memory Verse, Opening Activities and Closing Activities. The Opening Activities is further divided into Connect, Study and Apply.

A spiritual growth and character development checklist is included and it can be helpful to teachers and parents to see the cognitive, affective and psychomotor development of the children. They can use the checklist as goals for the children as well.

This is a good guide for parents since there is minimal preparation needed and has very detailed instructions on the different activities.

Hope Bearer is in paperback edition and contains 116 pages. It is currently available for 269 pesos only from CSM Publishing’s Lazada store . For more information, you may visit CSM Publishing’s website.

Creative Organizational Solutions

Getting organized is a perpetual, ongoing challenge with many facets. It also comes with manage challenges that require creative solutions.If you’re looking for creative storage and organization solutions for tricky spaces and stubborn clutter, look no further. Here are just a few ideas to spark your storage creativity.

Divide

One of the challenges of organization is the way that stuff tends to accumulate in corners and drawers without ever really getting properly organized. If organization is about making a place for everything and putting everything in it’s place, that should apply to your junk drawer just as much as your filing cabinet. Tidy up a messy jewelry drawer with velvet liners and neaten your kitchen cabinets with shelving and other organizational systems.

Hang

Don’t forget to look up when you’re looking for more storage space. A rack for hanging pots over your sink is just as good as a drying rack and it frees up counter space. A small curtain rod under your sink or in your linen closet can serve as a place to hang awkward to-store spray bottles.

Stash

Get creative about stashing less-commonly used items. Plenty of people have cupboards under their stairs but did you know that you can adapt a staircase into a storage area with stair treads that lift up to reveal small storage areas underneath.

Creative storage solutions aren’t just gimmicky internet life hacks for small spaces and neat freaks; they’re for everyone. Get yourself and your home organized all the way down to the bone with these creative ideas for organizing your mess. Learn to see more than the storage solutions in front of you: imagine the alternative possibilities with dividers, hangers and hidden storage stashed. No matter what kind of mess you have or what kind of space you’re working with, you can get it organized. You just might have to get a little creative.

Benefits of Online Ministries

It is important that Christians belong to local churches. Local churches offer supportive environments where Christians can learn, grow and help others. However, online ministries also benefit Christians.

Connection

A significant benefit of an online Christian ministry is that it provides opportunities to connect with people outside the church. You can connect with someone from your local area or across the world. You are able to worship with and learn from other cultures and pastors through streaming or live chats.

Further Education

Online ministries offer study materials that may not be available in the local church. For example, they may offer books, study guides and fliers on different topics. They may also offer courses and Bible studies. Ministries may life stream or provide access to their church services, podcasts and other videos.

Encouragement

Both in-person and online churches and ministries offer personal support. For example, you can submit prayer requests or pray with a church representative through an online ministry. They may also provide podcasts and sermons that address the things you are dealing with in your life that are not discussed in your local church.

Impact

Online ministries have a significant impact on the world. They can reach most of the world with their teaching. However, they also offer greater prayer opportunities. For example, you can post a prayer request and have many thousands of people praying for you if the ministry shares your request on its website. In addition, it may be more comfortable to share requests or struggles online rather than face-to-face, encouraging people to share their challenges more openly.

Access

Those who do not have easy access to a church, including those in rural areas or during inclement weather as well as those in restrictive countries, have greater opportunities to hear God’s word. In addition, some people work during regular church services, but these ministries allow access at all times to various sermons and other materials.

Your local church membership is important to your growth and worship as a Christian, but you may also benefit from online Christian ministries.