Let the Good times and Good Games Roll This Holiday Season!
Let the Good times and Good Games Roll This Holiday Season!
You feel like you have scoured every store aisle, journeyed to the end of the Internet, and attempted every ‘DIY’ project on the quest for the perfect gift. One item seems too impersonal, another requires too much assembly, and you cannot seem to find that present that will be the ideal asset for a certain individual on your list.
For us...it's literally Joy! That's right, we found grandPad alongside Joy Mangano —the “Miracle Mop” queen—in Good Housekeeping Magazine's Thanksgiving Special double issue which is available NOW on stands nationwide.
We have all been in a situation where we think, “If only I had a ride right now, my day would become so much easier.” Our grandPad team noticed that for seniors and their families, organizing transportation can be daunting and exhausting. As a solution, we’re thrilled to announce that we have paired the technology of grandPad with the ease and convenience of the reputable ride-sharing service, Lyft.
When you think of your parents or grandparents, what are the first things that come to mind? It would not be uncommon to think of your mom hanging out with her best friends, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.
We were honored to share Dr. Kerry Burnight's voice and grandPad's mission LIVE on radio this past Monday, October 10th 2017 (Dr. Kerry's Birthday!) to an audience of 40,000+ in the Washington, DC metro area.
As a board-certified music therapist I’ve had the honor of working with many seniors over the years, primarily in hospice care. It is a privilege to help people live with dignity and the highest quality of life possible.
Our senior citizens are a treasure to us. Their life experiences have led to many sacrifices for their children, families, communities and country. That is why, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day, a day to recognize and appreciate our seniors’ contributions to their communities, as well as recognize the social, economic and health issues they face as they grow older.
“Grand Spotlight” is a monthly article that celebrates members of the grandPad community by sharing their stories and wisdom. This month, our Grand Spotlight shines on avid grandPad user, Lori Stewart.
If you forgot to mark your calendar for Father’s Day you’re not alone. In the mad rush of the 21st century it’s nearly impossible to remember every major holiday. If you had the type of father who would tell you not to “sweat the small stuff,” you know he won’t be offended if you skip Father’s Day this year. But that never-ending support our fathers give us illustrate exactly why we should make an effort to show dad we really care.
Think about what shaped you into the person you are today: chances are a “what” doesn’t come to mind, but a “who.” Our parents forge unbreakable bonds with us and teach us countless lessons as we grow up, and this Father’s Day we should all make the effort to ensure our dad has the opportunity to connect with us, even from thousands of miles away.
Our fathers sacrifice a lot to ensure that we have a better, brighter future. With Father’s Day upon us we can’t be content with reliving these memories – we can provide our fathers and grandfathers with the technology and tools to create new memories with us at the touch of a screen.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, marking another opportunity to celebrate the unbreakable bonds we’ve forged with our one-of-a-kind Dads. The grandPad team knows how important it is to stay connected with your parents as you age and possibly move away, which is why we spend every day providing seniors the tools they need to stay in touch with the kids and grandkids they love so dearly.
Father’s Day is just around the corner – Sunday, June 18th – and it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift for the man who has done so much for you over the years. Sure, it was easy to pick something out when you were a kid. Mom would give you $20 and send you out to choose a nice tie or maybe a t-shirt from dad’s favorite sports team. But now that dad is in the senior age bracket, it gets a little tougher to find something meaningful that he’ll appreciate. Browse these gift ideas and find the perfect match for your dad this Father’s Day.
The grandPad team works tirelessly to make our technology accessible to seniors. The grandPad’s intuitive design and the around-the-clock personalized support helps seniors stay connected with their inner circle without the headache of most modern technology. Senior loneliness is a serious issue that must be faced head-on by the senior care industry, and by utilizing technology like the grandPad, seniors can take control of their social life and their happiness.
As all of our children move out of the house and we rapidly approach retirement, many of us seniors ultimately sell the family home and move to an apartment for ease of living, convenience, and safety. Tackling the downsizing process all at once can seem daunting – how can you pack a lifetime of belongings and keepsakes into one apartment?
You eat salads, you quit smoking - you even exercise when you don’t feel like it. You and your spouse are likely to live into your 90s. Fast forward.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner most of us are frantically searching for a last minute gift and calling around town to reserve a table at Mom’s favorite restaurant. At least, children that live in the same geographic area as their mothers are doing the “I forgot, it’s almost Mother’s Day” routine. Over the last 15 years families have become increasingly separated by distance. Adults move far from home to pursue careers, and often our senior mothers are across the country.
Mothers come in all shapes and sizes: the best mothers are mentors, friends, healers, confidants, and heroes are rolled into one. Last year, we introduced you to some of the amazing mothers that left a lasting impression on our grandPad users. Our Mother’s Day series proved to be a smash hit, and we couldn’t wait to revisit this concept and explore what truly moves our users, and what memories of their mothers lasted a lifetime.
The connections we maintain over our life define who we are, and who we become. If we’re lucky, our bond with our mother becomes one of the defining relationships that shapes our being and helps us make our mark on the world. Mothers are there when you succeed and when you overcome obstacles, but they’re also by your side when you fail and when you need someone to lean on.
Quick: describe your mother in just three words. Difficult, right? Maybe of us would find this task impossible, even if we’re no longer children. Mothers take on countless roles, providing a shoulder to cry on, a valuable lesson as we grow, a friend we can confide in, and a funny goofball we can dance with when the mood strikes. Our mothers can’t be contained in three words.
It can be humbling to remember how much our mothers supported us throughout the years, even as we made mistakes, called them names, or didn’t say “thank you” after they went out of their way to make every day of our childhood as special as possible. Mothers don’t raise us because they expect praise or recognition: they do it because they love us with everything they have.
At grandPad we love our mothers. So much so, in fact, that we took some time to interview some of the best moms around to continue our popular Mother’s Day series. Mother’s Day is a special holiday because we have the opportunity to celebrate our foundation, our bedrock: our moms, who shaped us into the people we became.
Don’t let Mother’s Day sneak up on you! This year the holiday falls on May 14th, so mark your calendars and start brainstorming gift ideas. As we get older we often find that sending a card simply isn’t enough to express our love and gratitude for our mothers. But what can you get the woman who insists that she has everything she needs? Browse these great Mother’s Day gift ideas to find the perfect fit for your mom.
As another Mother’s Day rapidly approaches, families are scheming to surprise the woman who raised them with flowers, gifts, cards, and visits. Mother’s Day has quickly become one of the most popular holidays for dining out, but we at grandPad know that “Mom” means so much more than lunch or a card in the mail. Moms come from all walks of life and raise their children in a never-ending variety of circumstances and situations, but the force that ties them all together is the love for their family. This Mother’s Day we’ve interviewed several grandPad users who have fond memories of their own mothers, and in turn have raised their kids with the insight and compassion gained from that special woman who shaped their life. Without something in hand to capture these precious moments, memories can often fade. With a grandPad, your mother can stay connected with you, your siblings, and your children without ever missing a memory. Nancy Mozingo, a fiercely devoted mother, knows firsthand that the everyday moments are what make the process of motherhood rewarding and unforgettable.
Cities have been starting to take note of the impact of social isolation on seniors. Fortunately, a handful of them have taken action. See how here.
Gardening is a hobby that anyone can enjoy. As the weather heats up, though, it may a great time to get the seniors in your life involved!
This International Happiness Day, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on what makes for lasting happiness. Read more to see why social connection can be key.
Spring & Summer are great times to get out there and enjoy all your community has to offer. Get 5 fun Spring activities for seniors here!
With our Senior Love Stories we aim to highlight real life stories from grandPad users around the country who have loved, have lived, and have lost. Love can blossom in a myriad of ways, and the grandPad user we’re featuring today still finds ways to tell her friends about the day her and her husband first officially crossed paths. Her insights into love are worth their weight in gold, but Marlys’s affection for her late husband speaks for itself.
Some husbands and wives spend years trying to finally make that connection and go on that first date that seals their future, far after they’ve initially met. Other times, fate drops your spouse-to-be right in front of you if you pay attention. In this edition of Senior Love Stories, grandPad reveals the impact that random luck can have on relationships that last a lifetime. We know that every moment counts, and we help seniors capture and share every moment with those they love. Read on to hear about the moment Mary met the love of her life.
Love can last an entire lifetime, but as our latest interviewee can attest, you never know what life has in store for you. Many seniors go through an entire marriage, and when they believe they’ve closed the door on love forever, a new connection blooms into a testament to the power of love and openness. In love, one thing is certain: you can always expect to be surprised.
Our Senior Love Stories series brings together the real life tales of love and marriage from our members. As we approach another Valentine’s Day, many emotions are sure to be stirring inside you. Some seniors are fortunate to still have their spouse by their side after decades of marriage, but others aren’t as lucky.
Sometimes, it’s love at first sight – other times, loves thrives on second chances. In the case of Dolores, whom we interviewed for this entry in our Senior Love Stories series, the path to happily ever after wasn’t direct, but it was more than worth it.
Love can be fleeting, but for those couples lucky enough to experience true love the connection lasts a lifetime. As we dive into our next installment of our Senior Love Stories series, we learn just how enduring love can be when two people make a commitment to each other for a lifetime. The story of Betty Parker and her husband is founded on one memory that continues to grow and expand year after year. At grandPad, we know how precious each moment, each memory can be for seniors and their families. These moments can be extravagant gestures of love, or simple moments of intimacy and kindness that last forever.
Many seniors remain completely independent well into old age. If you are able to walk confidently and don’t have any major health problems that require close supervision, you can live in the comfort of your old home into your 80’s and beyond. That said, it’s common sense to take necessary precautions to protect yourself from common dangers. Unfortunately, few seniors take the steps to modify their home.
As we age, the fear of dementia and Alzheimer’s grows as our likelihood of suffering from it increases. Seniors read, do crossword puzzles, and play brain games to keep their mind sharp to ward off any cognitive problems.
Experiencing fitful nights of sleep that include multiple trips to the bathroom and countless repositioning on the bed is unfortunately commonplace for some seniors. After menopause, many women encounter irregular and difficult sleep patterns as their bodies adjust, and the resulting restless nights can take a toll.
As the New Year begins, people all around the world are making resolutions to quit drinking soda and to finally buckle down and sign up for a gym membership. As a senior, you may be stumped trying to think of a resolution this year that is attainable and will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
The holidays are intended as a time of celebration and togetherness as families come together at the end of the year. But for seniors living in nursing homes or those whose families are far away, the juxtaposition of holiday expectations against their reality can cause severe loneliness to set in around Christmas.
The holidays are a truly magical time of the year. If the endless supply of songs and holiday-themed movies are any indication, the winter holiday season is a time to put family first. Around the country families partake in timeless traditions and invent new activities to add to their annual holiday checklist. Between decorating, cooking, caroling, gift-wrapping, and frolicking in the snow, you’ll never run out of ideas for wholesome family fun.
As we detailed before, your ultimate legacy isn’t your bank account, or your written words, or any awards you have won. The legacy that you grow throughout your life is your flesh and blood: your family. In order to leave a legacy and pass it on to further generations, you must properly document your life and the lives of your family members that come before and after you.
In the powerful documentary “Alive Inside,” Henry is a resident of a nursing home who continually sits in the same position, motionless, and hardly talks. His connection with the outside world, and with his own identity, is frayed and slipping away. Typical methods of treatment for seniors who have problems engaging or remembering tend to fall short, as they mostly involve rotating medications.
With December right around the corner, now is an excellent time to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping. Finding that ideal gift, especially for elderly family members, might seem difficult, but it’s actually surprisingly easy. From FitBit fitness trackers to Silvert’s adaptive clothing, there are plenty of products out there that make perfect gifts for seniors. Here’s a quick look at some of the top holiday gifts for seniors this year.
In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton, founding father Alexander Hamilton ponders the nature of one’s legacy. “What is a legacy?” he asks. “It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” In many ways, the work that we do, the changes we hope to make in the world around us, may not fully be realized in our lifetime. In this sense, Hamilton may be right. But the team at grandPad knows he didn’t consider the bigger picture.
This summer we’ve experienced record heat throughout the country, which means as temperatures cool down and snow eventually falls we’ll be even less ready to handle the shift in weather. Don’t let the final bouts of warm air fool you – autumn and winter are on their way, and when it’s cold outside it’s more important than ever to take needed safety precautions.
NPR host Kelly McEvers recently sat down and interviewed prominent theatre artist Anne Basting, who was awarded the MacArthur Foundation genius grant this past year for her truly unique research. Basting is an educator and theatre artist currently working at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee who works with sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Basting utilizes improv theatre and storytelling to enrich the lives of people struggling with cognitive impairment. She has been volunteering with people with Alzheimer’s for many years.
Some of the most meaningful results can come from the most unlikely sources. Over the past decade music therapy has steadily grown in popularity as a method of accomplishing therapeutic goals for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Music is timeless, and its transformative power has been shown to stimulate interactions and facilitate cognitive functions. Music therapy is used to relieve stress, manage pain, improve communication, and to create unique memories and moments of interaction between family members. Music is connected to the motor skills of the brain, and it is extremely powerful in creating and sustaining emotions and moods without being threatening.
Senior Citizens Day is just around the corner! Haven’t heard of Senior Citizens Day? In 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared that August 21st would henceforth be observed as Senior Citizens Day, a holiday to honor senior citizens and celebrate their countless contributions to our communities. We know that life gets hectic and schedules fill up quickly, but take a day off this year to really demonstrate your appreciation and affection for the important senior citizens in your life. Choose some of these fun and family-friendly activities to show your parent or grandparent how much they mean to you. Don’t forget to have your citizen take along their grandPad so you’ll never miss another memory.
When the summer rolls around families across the country relish the opportunity to spend time in the sun. Water parks, sports, barbecues, you name it – America is out in force making the most of the summer season. During these months you can easily get your senior loved ones involved in a variety of fun activities that they’ll love. Catch up with the important people in your life while creating lasting new memories. As part of our senior summer activities series we’re going to explore how fishing provides the perfect gateway to free-flowing conversation and endless good times.
The increased heat and shimmering sun of summer is upon us – it’s time to get active and take advantage of the beautiful summer weather! Summer is also the perfect opportunity for seniors to exercise and spend more time with their loved ones. Need some ideas for spending time with your parent or grandparent? We have you covered! As part of our senior summer activities series we’ll be discussing how you can get involved in swimming and water aerobics with your loved one. Seniors need exercise to stay mobile and keep their body in the best shape. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for seniors, and is a fun activity to do as a family.
Summer brings warmer weather and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sunshine with your family. With the plethora of options available, summer is the perfect time to get some family time with your senior friends and family. For the first entry in our senior summer activities series we decided to delve into the benefits of one of our favorite pastimes: tending the garden. Cultivating an array of plant life with your parent or grandparent requires patience, love, and care – much like your daily relationships.
The heat is on and the sun is out in full force: summer has arrived, and with it the sometimes extreme weather conditions of the hottest time of the year. During the summer many families host barbecues, go to events, and spend time enjoying the great outdoors. For seniors this can be a potentially dangerous season if they don’t tend to their safety and wellbeing. The heat and the exertion of summer can be tough for seniors. Keep your loved ones safe and healthy this summer by helping them follow these summer safety tips.
As KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City explains, “For seniors, staying connected with family members in today’s high-tech world can be overwhelming.” At grandPad we spend everyday improving our product so seniors and their loved ones can be face-to-face with just a few clicks of a button. Now, as our user base grows, news outlets are beginning to take notice.
When your parent or grandparent develops Alzheimer’s disease you can often be at a loss. Interacting with loved ones who have dementia can prove difficult and emotionally taxing without a game plan.
Father’s Day is nearly upon us. As we take the time to look back on all of the moments that have defined our relationships with our fathers, we also continue to build new memories every single day. At grandPad we make it our mission to provide seniors and fathers with a simple, intuitive tablet. grandPad overcomes distance and technological barriers to provide the ultimate tool that connects fathers, their children, and their grandchildren with just a few taps of the screen.
Father’s Day is about more than remembering – it’s about making new and lasting memories with the man who raised you and giving back to the parent who sacrificed so much for your future. At grandPad we know how vital that connection with your father truly is, and we provide fathers and grandfathers the tools they need to seamlessly connect with their children and loved ones no matter how far away life takes them.
With Father’s Day right around the corner, our users are constantly reminded of the unbreakable bonds and lasting memories that shaped them into the person they are today. grandPad makes it easier than ever for fathers and grandfathers to stay connected and continue making memories with the family they love.
At grandPad we pride ourselves on providing seniors with the tools they need to stay connected with their loved ones. With a convenient tablet by their side, your parents and grandparents will never have to miss another memory.
The bonds and memories that hold our family together define who we are. In our final entry of our Mother’s Day series, we examine the close connection between a mother and her children and how the tools to stay connected over vast spaces and places ensure we never miss a memory. Lirlie, a longtime member of grandPad, had not one, not two, but all four children eagerly describe their love and affection for her.
A mother is more than a caregiver – she is a mentor, a friend, a fierce protector, a loving companion, a trusted confidant, and a reliable rock of support. With Mother’s Day just a few days away, we began a Mother’s Day series to highlight the unbreakable bonds forged between mother and child over generations. Memories of our mothers truly last a lifetime.
At grandPad we know how meaningful each moment is for your closest loved ones – each photograph, each email, each phone call becomes a cherished memory. With the grandPad tablet we strive to connect seniors with their families with an accessible and simple tablet anyone can use.
Any time our team can digitally connect grandPad users to the world at large we consider it a success. At the beginning of March we decided to bring the excitement and fun of online game tournaments to our entire user base by hosting our first Blackjack tournament. It’s hard for seniors to get out and engage with each other in the cold winter months, so we brought the party to them in the comfort of their own homes.
In life, we don’t often get second chances. Love is fleeting, so they say, and often that feeling of being loved never completely returns. But sometimes, love comes around when you least expect it. Any moment can become a cherished memory that blooms into a miraculous relationship. The grandPad team devotes itself to connecting seniors with loved ones and providing the necessary tools for seniors to keep every connection alive, because you never know which moments will be the ones you’ll treasure. In this installment of our Senior Love Stories, we’ll meet a couple that thought they’d never have a second chance – but love wasn’t through with them yet.
Love can last a lifetime, and our featured couple in this installment of grandPad’s Senior Love Stories knows this truth inside and out. Their story of love, of grand gestures, of small kindnesses that bloom into the journey of a lifetime is one to be cherished. At grandPad we constantly work to connect seniors with their loved ones and provide them with the tools to preserve every moment, to share every memory. And now, we’d like to share some with you. Join us as we relive Brad’s connection that started it all in today’s Senior Love Story.
Our Senior Love Stories series illuminates the catalysts and details of life that last through the years, that become cherished memories dear to our hearts. The grandPad team works tirelessly to keep seniors connected with their family and to give them the tools necessary to capture every moment so it never slips away. The stories we hold dear range from epic tales of adventure to small, intimate moments of firsts, of loss, and of love. Join us as we get to know Earl and Diana Olson and their history of love in this installment of Senior Love Stories.
Love is what connects us all. When we here at grandPad work tirelessly to connect seniors to their loved ones, we know how meaningful a moment can be, and how cherished every photo, every call, every sentence truly is. We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you the first of many installments in our series of Senior Love Stories that feature real grandPad owners and seniors connected with grandPad detailing those vivid moments of love that connected them with their future spouse at once, and forever.
The holidays are a time of sharing, and not just food or gifts, but also profound, timeless memories. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, come November 1st, when that holiday music streams out of your car’s stereo and into the mall’s stores, a floodgate to strong, emotionally laden, memories is opened. Memories of one’s life events, elicited by music, are called Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories (MEAMs)  — and they are powerful; MEAMs have the ability to conjure a tidal wave of contextually rich and textured memories; for me this would be Bing Crosby’s, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” sparking a memory of my Italian mother and I preparing handmade tortelloni for Christmas dinner (see picture; they taste as delicious as they look).
Classic Halloween Costume Ideas for Families Celebrating Halloween is a staple of American culture and camaraderie. Nothing gets kids more excited than dressing up as their favorite characters and trouncing around the neighborhood for candy and a ghoulish good time. Halloween is a holiday that can bridge the gap between generations in your family – you can easily organize group costumes and go out with your children. Whether greeting or accompanying trick-or-treaters, Grandparents can join in the holiday fun, as well.
Taylor Swift, I admire her. She is a talented artist and wonderful role model to our younger generation, but her song… I just can’t, "shake it off, shake it off, ah ooo hooo!!" -- But seriously, Taylor, I’m trying to write this blog.
Every morning I wake up to a tune in my head. This morning it was Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly". If it’s an upbeat song, I’ll let it linger. It sets the mood for the rest of my day. If it’s a sad song, I’ll reach for my iPhone and set up my, “Let’s get amped” playlist. I want to start my day off right so I turn to music. I’ve found it has the power to change, enhance or express not just my mood, but nearly anyone's listening.
I recently received a card from my grandParents congratulating me on my college graduation. I wish they could have been there. When I lived in India, I practically lived at my grandparents’ house. They were a part of my everyday life. Today, our conversations are maybe once every few weeks. This card reminded me about how much they think of me everyday. It also reminded me that I don’t stay in touch with them nearly as much as I should.
The growing elder population is a prime target for scammers from all over the world who are taking advantage of this large demographic. Those over sixty-five are thirty-four percent more likely to have lost money on a financial scam than people in their forties, according to research by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's Investor Education Foundation.
The Internet is now the "Wild West" and if you don't know the dangers you could find your loved ones in trouble.
The entire team at grandPad is all about helping families stay connected and sharing family memories.
Our belief is that simple joys should be simple to share. That is why we created grandPad.
We are super excited to unveil our brand-new, holiday-themed "Dear Santa" video.