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4 Tips to Caring for an Elderly Parent

It is inevitable that one’s parents will reach old age. It is during this period that simple tasks that were easy when they were younger will become difficult for them to do. Old age doesn’t mean elderly parents stop doing their normal day-to-day activities. At this stage, they may just need assistance from you physically and emotionally. If it is not physically possible for you to take care of your elderly parent, there are senior care centers you may want to look into. One such center is the Skylark Adult Day Care where licensed nurses and other health care professionals can assist your elderly parent to manage the day-to-day health needs, personal care, and special diets.

The center is also equipped with many activities that seniors may enjoy such as exercising, solving puzzles, making art, playing sports and dancing. This special assistance may be enjoyed by your elderly parent at the daycare center or at home. These days that many choices are being offered on how to live at old age, you and your parent can choose the best place to spend time relishing retirement age, which can be at home or at a senior care center. You have significant decisions to make at this point when it is your elderly parent now that needs your care. Read on for tips on how to go about caring for your elderly loved one.


  1.  Evaluate living arrangements

The living arrangements at old age are crucial to the well-being of an elderly parent. It is the first thing that you and your elderly parent should seriously talk about. Nowadays, there are more choices of living arrangements that you may consider that you think would work best for you and your elderly parent.

If your parent chooses to age at home, a family caregiver may be needed. Elderlies also have different needs and want, thus choices such as independent or assisted living communities allows them to use special amenities for seniors who are independent and on the active side. There are also nursing homes for seniors who require medical surveillance 24/7. Your elderly parent may also opt to live with you or any family member or relative who can provide companionship and assistance with day-to-day activities.


  1.  Know the primary activities of daily living

Another thing which is vital to the physical, mental and emotional well-being of an elderly parent is the ability to perform the basic activities of daily life such as simple tasks of getting in and out of bed, bathing, dressing, and self-feeding to name a few. If they are in a stage wherein they cannot perform these daily tasks on their own, you may consider getting help from family members or a professional caregiver.


  1.  Manage the finances

It would be good to know the benefits an elderly parent may avail such as additional financial support from the government which has programs to help in the living expenses of the aged. Being physically available to assist them in managing their finances and retirement funds would also be a big help for them.


  1.  Get support from groups

Educating yourself about the support groups that support the seniors may greatly help you in caring for your aged parent. Independent or government-funded organizations for seniors have programs for housing, health care, prescription drugs and many other services that seniors may need.


  1.  Find the best elderly care

The best elderly care you could give to your aged parent is to make sure that their overall well-being is taken cared of. The tides have turned, and as your parents had cared for you when you were little, it is your time now to take care of their needs. Caring for your elderly parent can be done with your siblings and other family relatives or a professional caregiver if necessary.

Taking care of your aged parents should not be considered as a burden because these people had laid out their lives for you as well when you were the one who was vulnerable. There are many choices now which you can look into, on how to care for elderly so that they can live in comfort at their retirement age.

Autism Hope Alliance’s Pamper Me Pantry subscription box

Disclosure: I received a Pamper Me Pantry box in support of this review. No money compensation was given and all opinions are my own. Please note, this blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your healthcare practitioner.
The Autism Hope Alliance embodies hope for families facing the diagnosis of Autism through education, financial support and volunteerism. The Autism Hope Alliance is the first non-profit foundation for Autism to emerge from the natural foods industry.  With over 100 partners, we are proud to have such notable brands including Applegate, Enzymedica, ECOS/Earth Friendly Products and Bob’s Red Mill.
One of their proudest accomplishments is creating AHA’s Autism Approved® program, which is designed to highlight numerous products, materials, clothing, toys and other goods and to share with the community companies that are making a difference for autism families. To be Autism Approved, the partner must be gluten and dairy free.
Launched this year, AHA’s Pamper Me Pantry is their quarterly gift box that families can order individually for a minimum donation of $39.99 or a donation of $124.99 for a subscription of 4 boxes for one year.
Each Pamper Me Pantry box contains a minimum of $125 worth of full-sized products from some of our partners. Each box is unique so you truly don’t know what you will get! Our last quarter featured items from favorite brands like Barleans, Daiya, Kinnikinick and Sunshine Burgers. 
I had the opportunity to receive one of the boxes and I  highly recommend the Pamper Me Pantry Box! This was full of wonderful samples and full-size products! Some of my favorites from the box are Enjoy Life Snickerdoodle Soft Baked Mini Cookies and Vegan Rob’s Dairy Free Cheddar Puffs! The Enjoy Life cookies are gluten free and I like that they aren’t too sweet! They were also a hit with my son so I am thinking that a lot of children and teens will like them! This is a great way to try out samples before buying products and much more affordable too!
Actually, there are so many products in this one box that I won’t be listing them all! But, another favorite was the Daiya deliciously dairy-free Cheddar Style Deluxe Cheezy Mac! This one is of course, gluten-free but also is an excellent source of calcium. This one is a must-try! I think that even picky eaters will love this one! And, my favorite is the Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods Banana Bread Oatmeal! This really is one of the best Oatmeals I have tried so I know I will be buying this one!
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to order your own Pamper Me Pantry Box!  You can use code HOPE8 and receive 10% off of your order! You will receive a box full of wonderful products perfect for those with Autism!
The next Pamper Me Box is scheduled to ship out mid-October and ordering closes on October 5th!


Soufra – Improving the Lives of Palestinian Refugees One Bite at a Time

South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives– Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them– they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as ‘the crazy lady’ and now she will show just how crazy she is. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ella L, comments, “. I felt so connected with the women in this film and was really intrigued by their stories, as well as what they have to say. This is an incredible film in so many ways.” Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror adds, “This documentary is about one woman’s quest to start a food-truck business in the refugee camp where she resides, in Lebanon. Mariam Shaar, with her adept business sense and entrepreneurial spirit sets out to improve the quality of life for herself and those around her.” See their full reviews below.


By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Soufra is a fantastic film filled with delicious-looking food and inspiring messages for women and others. This documentary is clearly made with passion, purpose and heart. It is a little heart wrenching, but still fun and interesting at the same time. The production values are high, particularly the cinematography. I felt so connected with the women in this film and was really intrigued by their stories, as well as what they have to say. This is an incredible film in so many ways.

The filmmaker follows a group of women in a Lebanese refugee camp who enjoy and have a passion for cooking. They are hired by a fellow refugee, named Mariam, to start a catering company called Soufra. The film documents the struggles of these women being unable to purchase a food truck for their business. Even though they raise the money to purchase it, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, it is still difficult for them to get the proper permits to own the truck, due to local laws.

What really intrigued me initially was the beginning scene in the kitchen. It is so lively, entertaining and captivating. The introduction to a film is so important. The rest of the film is equally well shot. The camera quality is clear and the cinematography is pretty spot on. This film really is quite entertaining and educating at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it because every aspect is so incredible.

The messages the film promotes are completely pure and positive. These women deal with really tough situations and lead extremely tough lives. However, they manage to stay strong and powerful regardless. The message is about never giving up or quitting, even when it feels like the entire world is telling you to. Never lose sight of your goals. I recommend this for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I am so impressed with the women in this film and everything they have accomplished. I admire them all very much. This is a film that is truly incredible and one I will remember for years to come.


By Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

This documentary is about one woman’s quest to start a food-truck business in the refugee camp where she resides, in Lebanon. The quality of life for the camp’s residents is quite low, with many people living in very condensed dwellings. Mariam Shaar, with her adept business sense and entrepreneurial spirit sets out to improve the quality of life for herself and those around her. She, along with other women, cook high quality Mediterranean food and through a Kickstarter Campaign, raise and exceed the amount of funds needed to buy a van and get the permit for the business. Not surprisingly, things do not go as planned.

Mariam’s lawyer tells her there may be hurdles in terms of getting the permit and obtaining a truck because she resides in the refugee camp and because of her ethnicity. Therefore, when she goes to the automobile dealer, she is turned down. Inevitably, a few months later, she is turned down for the license to operate Soufra also. She feels defeated at this point, but her lawyer explains a way in which she can circumvent these laws regarding license, location and ethnicity Mariam can find a brick and mortar place as a legitimate residential location for her business on the outskirts of Beirut. She does in fact find a place and is then granted a license. The van approval for her food truck comes smoothly after that. Her dream of a food truck business is then realized.

I enjoyed watching this documentary mainly because it has a happy ending. Many documentaries seem to end on a desolate note. In addition, people residing in the West think about the Mid-East as being repressive towards women, in general. This documentary counters this thought process. We see Mariam as a determined businesswoman making lots of decisions and meeting with others on her own to get the business up and running. As the director of a Foundation stated, she would “get this going with or without financial help.” I give this documentary 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 as well as adults. This film is being shown at select theaters throughout the country. To find a screening near you, visit


Digimon Adventure Tri: Coexistence – Graphics and Action that Draw You In!

The Adventure Continues…The arrival of the super powerful Meicoomon starts a countdown to the real world’s collapse. The Digi-Destined are cast out of the Digital World, and even after returning to the real world, are driven away by people, due to their partnerships with the Digimon. Meanwhile, a cruel fate appears imminent for Kari, who has a more honest and sensitive spirit than anyone. KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror Kimbirly M. comments, “With the well-known Japanese anime style, Digimon-tri has sharp-edge graphics and action sequences that draw the viewers in.” See the rest of her review below.

Digimon Adventure-Tri: Coexistence
By Kimberly Michelle Mullins, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

With the well-known Japanese anime style, Digimon-tri has sharp-edge graphics and action sequences that draw the viewers in. We see them dealing with educational and social struggles similar to those that many have to deal with, but with friends helping out.

This is a continuation of the popular Digimon-tri series. The storyline, generally about dark forces taking over, flows well. There are no lagging sequences that would bore the viewer. One becomes empathetic with the protagonist Kari and even the evil force overtaking Meicoomon. The vocabulary and concepts are appropriate for its intended age group and could further enhance vocabulary and concepts that the viewer may not understand. It portrays pro-social models such as when Kari feels that she might be responsible for a specific situation and one of the others reassures her that this definitely isn’t the case. This entire series is very good at displaying consequences of both negative and positive behaviors. There are also good models of problem solving such as when a Digimon character decides on an action and another vehemently opposes it. The rest of the group has to come to a general consensus to make a final determination.

The underlying message is about seeking out others when you are experiencing tough times. Life has complicated challenges, but you can overcome them. You should be aware that there are two things that make this more appropriate for older viewers. First, a character pulls out a gun, but there is no blast. And second, we see a powerful being shaped like a naked woman, although there are no graphic features. For that reason, I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as young adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would raise the highest age to 25 if I could, because it is so thought-provoking and intelligent. The DVD allows you to select specific scenes and has a bonus feature interview. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer.

DR. JANE GOODALL SPEAKS AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO IN HONOR OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 This Day-Long Celebration Includes Demonstrations by Young Leaders of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Root & Shoots Program, the Flying of Giant Peace Dove Puppets, Live Entertainment, and more.

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, Dr. Jane Goodall, a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, will speak at the L.A. Zoo in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. On this day, young members of Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, participate in the symbolic flying of the program’s signature Giant Peace Dove Puppet, a globally known symbol for peace. The dove symbol for Dr. Goodall not only represents peace among people, but also peace with wildlife and the natural world we share.  The celebration will also include demonstrations by area Root & Shoots groups, and a performance by award-winning duo Andy & Renee. Due to overwhelming demand, Dr. Goodall’s lecture is sold out, but can still be viewed remotely on large video screens. All the day’s programming is included in the purchase of Zoo admission.

“Each year we take the time to celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit,” says Dr. Goodall.  “And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year and will do next year to create a better world. With the peace doves we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget – that peace is possible.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dr. Goodall’s talk will be at 2 p.m.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.
To learn more about the day’s programming, visit

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring action to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Founded in 1977 by Dr. Goodall, JGI makes a difference through community-centered conservation and the innovative use of science and technology. We work closely with local communities around the world, inspiring hope through the collective power of individual action. Through Roots & Shoots, our youth-led community action and learning program, young people in 100 countries are acquiring the knowledge and skills to become compassionate conservation leaders in their own backyards.


Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen — for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.