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Saturday Sisters

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Saturday Sisters

Saturday Sisters As the old saying goes, you can’t pick your sisters, but you can pick your… friends. Well, luckily I was born into a family of four girls. So I had built in sisters! Sure, we sometimes argued – over boys, clothes, or music. But we also bonded over boys, clothes… and music. Unfortunately they’re all living in the east now – Buffalo, NY and Fredericksburg, VA, and it’s tough to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine on a regular basis. So… I found a group of what I call my Saturday Sisters. It started with my sorority sister, Jill, when we were both in Weight Watchers a few years ago. After weighing in, we would treat ourselves by going to Panera for coffee and whatever. Usually we shared the egg white and caprese breakfast sandwich, which with black coffee was only four points apiece.Having been close during college, we had drifted apart while raising kids and launching careers. With that behind us, we were ready for some “sister time” and picked up right where we left off. And since we were having so much fun, we started expanding the group. If memory serves, Mary was next. Then GB partner Nancy, Sherry and Carla (who both live in Canton, thirty minutes away) would join us whenever they didn’t have other obligations. Partner Suzanne lives in Palmyra (also a 30 minute drive), but joins us when she can make an excuse to come to town. This year we’ve added Darlene and Angela, and invited Catherine. Pre-pandemic, we could count on the fact that Thursday or Friday one of the Saturday Sisters would send out the group text to decide which local restaurant we would visit on Saturday morning. During the initial COVID shutdown we were not able to get together. But when the weather warmed up, we had had enough of quarantine and started meeting on Jill’s breezeway, with proper precautions and social distancing. She supplied the coffee and we either brought our own breakfast or someone would treat the group. The food really doesn’t matter. Good coffee and good friends are the winning combination. On any given Saturday there might be ten or just two, but some part of the group gets together to mull over the week before or the week to come. To bolster each other or commiserate over the pandemic, the job, the kids, etc. We laugh, we eat, we drink coffee. We relax and we let go.According to www.cdc.gov, US adults reported“considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19.” Therefore, psychologists recommend reaching out to others as a strategy for maintaining your mental health and balance. In this article from Women’s Health Group, it makes the top five in “How to Support your Mental Health during CoVid-19”.CLICK HERE to read moreNow the Saturday Sisters include four more college girlfriends, my partners and a colleague from Golden Bridges, and a friend from the theatre. Recently I hosted the group on my open-air patio (see photo). My husband even cooked for the occasion. Excellent lemon-blueberry bread pudding and marinated orange slices. As usual, we laughed, we talked, and we drank coffee. As the days get shorter and the chill drives us off the breezeway we are searching for a safe meeting place for the winter. Too big a group to socially distance in a restaurant. Too cold blooded to suffer the cold temperatures. Maybe we will all have to chip in for a tent with a heater. Or maybe we will go the route of other sisters and opt for the safety of Zoom or other...

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COVID Homecoming

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on COVID Homecoming

COVID Homecoming Self quarantine and isolation for COVID is recommended as a healthcare strategy to stop the spread of the virus. For some, especially the elderly, this can lead to an unhealthy level of loneliness. According to an article from Barron’s, “Physical distancing is the key that keeps us safe, but we saw residents physically and cognitively declining from two to three weeks of social distancing,” What is COVID doing to impact your relationship with your family… your aging parents? Even when they live nearby, we are encouraged to stay socially distant. Does that mean that you have not seen your parents in weeks or months? Have you had a COVID homecoming? If so, what did you find? Are they getting what they need for proper nutrition and safety? Aging parents are not the only ones affected when we have to stay socially distant. “COVID-19   has robbed grandparents of many experiences… that special moment of meeting a grandbaby for the first time has, for many, been yanked away by the pandemic and been replaced by an agonizing wait.”  But how long do we have to wait when there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight? According to an AARP article, “Experts recommend that if you are preparing to meet a newborn grandchild soon, all parties should quarantine for two weeks before gathering, even if people appear to be asymptomatic.” If you can’t quarantine completely at home, follow health department guidelines of wearing a mask when in groups where social distancing is not possible; staying six feet apart from others; and frequent hand-washing. All these are proven strategies to help stop the spread of the virus. Of course, grandparents – especially new ones – tend to want to make sure that their grandchild is being parented properly. Here are some tips from AARP: WAYS TO HELP NEW PARENTS FROM AFAR           Use video chat technology, such as Zoom and Facetime, to observe                          milestones like smiling and rolling.             Don’t give advice unless asked for it (which can be the tendency when the            only option is chatting over the phone).             Send meals, but don’t forget the impact that snail mail can have. A gift                    package, a letter, a poem, a book or something sentimental that has                        shared family meaning is appreciated.             Try to distract older children with games and stories, via video chat, to                  give parents a break and allow them to focus on the newborn.             Use technology to frequently talk to, sing to and interact with, a                              grandchild.             Provide empathy and support to new parents, and acknowledge the                        sadness they’re likely feeling over the limitations of social distancing and              the pandemic.   Now that we’ve covered the grandchildren… what about the parents and/or grandparents? If your elderly loved ones are in a senior care residential setting, be sure to follow the protocols set by the staff. It may be hard to only be able to see them through the...

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Season of Storms

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Season of Storms

Season of Storms The year 2020 has felt like nothing but storms and unusual phenomenon – CoVid, economic uncertainty, civil unrest, Blue Moon, Red Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Murder Hornets and Sahara sandstorms in the Midwest… and a few weeks ago Quincy, IL (where Golden Bridges is based) had a downpour of rain that flooded streets and basements.But lest we forget, we have been through storms before. Facebook reminds me that five years ago our city lost hundreds of trees in a 70mph straight line windstorm…. And we recovered. We got help from volunteers around the country who came with their chainsaws and chippers to help us clean up. We had an active tree planting campaign to Replace the Canopy and today they are growing strong.Three months into pandemic lockdown, partial business openings, drive-by birthday parties and wedding postponements, we are learning to live with the 2020 new normal. During this time of uncertainty and division,you can be a voice for calm in your household. Halfway through the year, it’s time to establish those routines that will enable you to weather any storms that come along in the second half of the year. Back to School will be coming soon, but do any of us know what that will mean? Cloth facemasks? Face shields? No papers to turn in – assignments on an electronic tablet? Zoom classroom? More home schooling? You can plan now to create a set up for your needs, whether that’s a sanitation station for after school or a dedicated space for distance learning.For those working from home will that be over by fall, or will it go past the holiday season? Have you set up the perfect office space, or did you just put your laptop on a bunch of books on top of the coffee table so that it was high enough to capture your face for Zoom meetings? Are you jealous of all those people with the perfect living room, collection of books, children and pets acting like angels in the background?Golden Bridges provides solutions for those in transition. We are all facing “stormy weather” in the form of these 2020 transitions. Need help getting your dining room back after going back to work? Or do you need to hang onto that green screen studio a little longer – but want it gone in time for Thanksgiving dinner? Now is the perfect time to tackle those spaces.It’s your move. Golden Bridges can help! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Put your house on a diet

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Put your house on a diet

Put your house on a diet How many of us have tried dieting during COVID-19? Maybe you have made some intentional changes to your eating habits, using only fresh ingredients and natural foods. Or perhaps, you have added an exercise routine.Now it’s time to put your house on a diet. During the past few months at home you may have sampled some trendy or crash diets in your house. Is it possible that you went all Marie Kondo on your sock drawer? Or, have you minimalized your kitchen utensils? Did you do the 50-hangers closet purge?If you are like me – on Facebook more than once a day – you’ve seen pictures of your friends’ piles of clothes or decorative items they are either selling or donating to a local charity. But is there a better way? According to the ‘Nesting Place’, there are five things people with tidy homes don’t do:Tidy people don’t act like a slob all day, and then get their house tidy in one fell swoop. Tidy people don’t run out of cleaning supplies. Tidy people don’t let the sun go down on their filth. Tidy people don’t store things on the floor. Tidy people don’t over decorate. CLICK HERE to read more. So, if you accept the comparison that a “tidy” house is like a “fit” body, these tips are similar to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. But what if it’s too late for that? Finding motivation to get your house tidy is a very personal journey, but here is an article with ten “tricks” that I thought just might work for me: Play music – I enjoy classical music, so using a streaming service on TV or Alexa or Spotify I would ask it to play either by composer or genre. For you, it might be rock and roll or even heavy metal to get you going! Set a timer – it doesn’t have to be a long time – twenty minutes can get you through picking up one room! Put just one thing back in its rightful place.  Reward yourself – wine perhaps? Do one small task a day. Have a friend come over to help. (and bring wine?) Acknowledge your weakness. Try a new cleaning product. Use a trigger. The article will help with some suggestions on this. CLICK HERE Invite visitors. This one definitely motivates me. Plan a party, or even coffee with a friend, and you will automatically get into a cleaning mood to show your house at its best!And… if you get stuck, or need some EXTRA help, you can call us at Golden Bridges! Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning

“Spring Cleaning started as a way to clean away Winter’s mess. In those days, homes were heated by fires, and doors were kept shut tight to keep the warm air in. This, of course, led to soot and grime accumulating during the cold months.” This statement was published by The Cleaning Authority in March, 2017. CLICK HERE to read more.So, why do we still do it today? I don’t know about you, but my home has a clean and efficient heating system. The filters are replaced on a timely basis, and the only soot and grime accumulated is in my fireplace chimney (yes, it is cleaned regularly too). So, do I really need to spend time “spring cleaning”?Well, some would say that “cleaning can also give a sense of satisfaction that will put you in a good mood.” That someone would be Martha Stewart, and you can find the checklist that puts her in a good mood at this site.But, if your spring cleaning doesn’t allow enough time for wiping down all the walls and ceilings, re-sealing the grout in all your tiled areas, polishing metal door and window hardware… whew, I’m exhausted!… you might want to just take a few tips from the Merry Maids checklist:          ● Flip the mattress          ● Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors          ● Wash bathmat, shower liner and shower curtain          ● Check expiration date on fire extinguisherThe key to success here is to set an amount of time to work on it — say 20 minutes — and work through the checklist over a period of time. CLICK HERE for an additional checklist.Spring Cleaning in the age of COVIDBut, this spring brings us a new challenge and a new level for cleaning and sanitation. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. “This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks,” according to their website. If surfaces are dirty, the site says, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. CLICK HERE to read more. AdventHealth is one of the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care providers and health systems in the nation, serving more than five million patients. Their website publishes a list that includes all of the above but adds a reminder to also disinfect kids’ toys. CLICK HERE to read the full article. And for those who don’t have the same dexterity they did when they first started housekeeping – i.e. my generation of Baby Boomers, consider the tips in this article which include using dusters with extended handles, a dustpan that stands by itself, and a vacuum cleaner with a retractable cord. Or – the best piece of advice – enlist your grandkids (who are home and looking for things to do) to help with the heavy lifting.However you choose to accomplish your spring cleaning this year, don’t skip the most importantstep… Sit back, relax, and enjoy a rewarding beverage when it’s all over!Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Senior Move Managers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Food Insecurity Among Seniors

Food Insecurity Among Seniors “Nearly one in every six seniors in America faces the threat of hunger and not being properly nourished. This applies to those who aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from and those who don’t have access to the healthiest possible food options.” These are the opening sentences of the April 2020 article from the Aging in Place website. (Note that these statistics published in 2019 actually reflect the numbers from 2017.)https://www.aginginplace.org/the-facts-behind-senior-hunger/The article goes on to say that senior hunger issues lead to $130B in resulting healthcare expenses to treat conditions that might be prevented with proper nutrition and food abundance.During this COVID-19 pandemic we are learning new skills to cope with everyday challenges. Food purveyors are looking for new and better ways to meet their customers’ needs. For some, online shopping and pick up seem like just the latest gadget. It’s been embraced mostly by young working mothers who want to save the time they would have spent shopping. For seniors who may have transportation or mobility issues, these services are a helpful way to assure that their cupboards do not go bare. If your parents are in need of the service discuss it with them. If they could be served by Meals on Wheels, help them make the call and complete the application process.Unfortunately, food Insecurity is not just a senior issue, especially now. Today I saw that a food bank in San Antonio had a line of 10,000 cars waiting for donations. They expect more tomorrow. In fact, cars were already in line at 9pm. No doubt there were seniors in that line. Previous statistics have been shattered by our current pandemic and unemployment problem.In April, Golden Bridges typically starts our food drive in conjunction with the National Association of Senior Move Managers. We team up with the non-profit MOVE FOR HUNGER organization who collect and distribute non- perishable food items for donation to local food pantries across the United States and Canada. https://moveforhunger.org/For us that means making plans to march in the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce annual Dogwood Parade. Due to the standing orders to #stayhome the parade has been postponed to October. There may not be dogwoods in bloom, but you can be assured we will be pushing those grocery carts and collecting your contributions for Quincy’s pantries. Or, if you are moved to make a more timely donation, contact Horizons, GPS Ministries, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels and the United Way to learn how you can make a difference today.Susan Scholz, PartnerGolden...

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