4 Lessons Learned From Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Series

Dancing With The Stars Season 22 concluded this week, crowning Deaf Model and Activist, Nyle DiMarco as the champion. He was joined in the finals by Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist, Ginger Zee and Mixed Martial Artist and UFC Champion, Paige VanZant.

The finals consisted of two nights. The first night, each couple performed two dances – a redemption dance trying to improve on their weakest dance of the season and a freestyle, which is the highlight of the season and usually determines the winner.

Ginger and Val performed a classic Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers routine which was elegant and the perfect showcase for Ginger’s talent. Paige and Mark did a freestyle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow depicting Paige’s triumph over the bullying she experienced as a child. Both were FANTASTIC. But the most powerful freestyle was Nyle and Peta’s modern dance to Sounds of Silence. It was a beautiful and moving performance, unlike any I have ever seen. All three contestants received perfect 10’s on their freestyles!

This was the closest competition in DWTS history! Going into the final night of competition, there was only one point separating each of the finalists. It was going to be up to the audience votes.

On the final night of competition, the couples performed a fusion dance where they had to mix two styles into one dance. And they didn’t know the styles they were getting until AFTER Monday night’s performance! Talk about pressure!

All the dancers did a great job on the fusion. Nyle and Peta and Paige and Mark received perfect 10’s from the judges. Ginger had a slight memory lapse during her dance, resulting in 9’s from the judges, which probably cost her the championship.

In the end, the mirror ball trophy went to Nyle. I had been pulling for Paige and truly thought that she was the best dancer in the competition. However, all three dancers were SO GOOD, that I could be happy seeing any one of them get it.

4 Lessons Learned from Dancing With the Stars

  • You can be more than “One Thing”. When Ginger was eliminated, she remarked that she was a scientist and meteorologist, but that this competition also showed her that she was also a dancer.
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  • You don’t have to be limited by your circumstances. Whoever thought that someone who was deaf and COULD NOT HEAR THE MUSIC could excel at dance? An art that requires hearing to feel the beat and express the mood of the music! Nyle showed that this was not the case and in spite of not being able to hear, he performed beautifully week in and week out.
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  • Being brave and trying new things opens new doors. Even though Paige did not win, her DWTS experience opened doors for her to appear in a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Nyle, a Gaullaudet University graduate, was slated to become a Math teacher to deaf students. But stepping out of his comfort zone has opened up a whole new role as activist for the deaf community.
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  • Even in your defeat, you can have an attitude of gratitude and joy. I saw that sincere gratitude and joy in both Ginger and Paige’s faces. Both accepted their loss with class and graciousness.
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So, my Monday nights are now free until the Fall when the new season of DWTS premieres. It is so fun to see the dances, costumes, the improvement and perseverance of these contestants every week.

I will miss my Monday night texting through the show with Michelle from GrammieTime. We have had such fun doing this series together. And we can still be friends since neither of our top choices beat the other’s! (Michelle liked Ginger and I liked Paige). LOL!

Head on over to GrammieTime now to see Michelle’s take on the finals.

What did YOU think of the finals? Were you surprised that Nyle won? Who was your favorite? Leave you answer in the comments section.

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Between The Lines – My Side of 50

Between The Lines Blog Series featuring bloggers 50 and over

A few months ago, Katie from Katherine’s Corner came up with the idea for Between the Lines,  a special series featuring bloggers over 50. I am honored to be a part of it! Katie asked us to post about what it was like being a blogger over 50.

Fun. Interesting. Cathartic. Hard. Gratifying and a whole lot of other things!

As I think back to when I started this blog six month ago, I am filled with gratitude for all that I have experienced.

Learning New Things

  • How to blog Although I had a little experience managing a website from my previous job, there was still a LOT to learn. Before I even STARTED the blog, I began listening to the I Teach Blogging podcast with Renee Groskreutz. Renee is great at teaching all about blogging in small, manageable bits that the lay person can understand. Through her podcast and the personal e-mails we exchanged, she helped me so much!
  • Photography – In the blogging world, images are the name of the game and my only “photography” experience was taking not-so-great photos with my iPhone. So, I invested in a good camera and took a photography course. I still have a lot to learn, but my pictures are a LOT better.

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Being Brave & Trying New Things

Starting this blog took a lot of courage. I had never done anything like this before and had not read many blogs. But I decided on this side of 50, I wanted to try new things and not be afraid of failing or what people think. Here’s what I wrote about being brave and trying something new.

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A Forum to Share What Is Important to Me

A Place to Brag About My Children & Grandchildren

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Processing the Grief of Losing My Parents

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New Friends in the Blogging Community

Being part of Between the Lines has been a great experience because each week I’ve been introduced to bloggers over 50 who blog on a myriad of topics – crafts, recipes, lifestyle, grandparenting, aging, decorating and so much more! Here are a few who are featured this week along with me.

1. Katherine’s Corner
2. My Side of 50
3. A Miracle in My Living Room
4. Brandywine Cottage
5. Vanity and Me
6. The Boondocks Blog
7. La Bella Vita Cucina
8. It’s All Fine. Whatever Tickles the Fancy

9. Kim.Today

So…click their links, say “hi” in their comment sections and subscribe to the ones that inspire you!

And while your at it, leave a comment for me and subscribe to the MySideof50 newsletter!

 

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Dancing With the Stars Recap – The Semi-Finals

Recap of Dancing With the Stars Semi Finals
Dancing With The Stars – Semi-Finals Recap

We were down to the semi-finals this week! Five dancers and their pro partners danced their hearts out in both an individual dance and  in a trio for the three coveted places in the finals. My DWTS partner, Michelle from GrammieTime came up with this week’s questions:

What is your favorite STYLE of dance?

In all the years I’ve watched DWTS, I’d have to say the Viennese Waltz. Always romantic, classic and elegant. And the women usually wear the most beautiful costumes when they are dancing the waltz.

Best Trio of the Night

I’m going to name two – Mark and Paige’s playful Samba and Val & Ginger’s dramatic Paso. You really can’t compare the two styles – it’s like comparing apples to oranges. Both were creatively choreographed and danced impeccably.

Who to you predict will win the Mirror Ball?

I think Paige and Ginger are evenly matched ability-wise. Nyle is a wonderful dancer and right up there with Paige and Ginger. Plus, he has the  “back-story” of being hearing impaired and still performing so well. I think he is definitely an audience favorite. Ginger also has the advantage of getting a plug on Good Morning America every morning.

On this show, it’s not just about judges’ scores. It’s also about audience votes.   My prediction  is that Nyle will take home the Mirror Ball because I think he has the advantage with the audience. But you won’t hear a complaint from me no matter who wins. They are all excellent dancers, deserving of that trophy!

Who do YOU think will win?

Finalists for Season 22 of Dancing With The Stars
Dancing With The Stars Finalists

Let’s see what Michelle at GrammieTime thought.

Tune in next week for our series’ wrap up!

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Four Reasons You Need To Know CPR

Why You Need To Know CPR
4 Reasons You Need To Know CPR

Last week, I attended my local American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon. This year, some friends of mine were honored for their great work with the AHA. During my friend’s speech, she recounted a time 20 years ago when her father went into cardiac arrest and then died in her arms at the hospital an hour later. She has learned a lot in her years working with AHA.   My friend often wonders, “If I knew then what I know now, would the outcome have been different?”

Did you know?

  • Cardiac arrest is caused when the heart suddenly stops, usually due to an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts blood flow through the body.
  • Over 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually. NINETY PERCENT of these victims DO NOT SURVIVE.
  • Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
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I took a CPR course many years ago, and “back in the day” we were trained to use a combination of breaths and chest compressions. The AHA has done extensive research and found that in adults, hands only CPR (chest compressions only), performed at the rate of 100 chest compressions per minute is just as effective.  If you want to know how to measure 100 compressions per minute, just compress to the beat of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive”.

One of the highlights of the luncheon for me was getting some hands on training in from members of our local fire department. They had dummies on which to practice that showed how hard you actually need to press when doing chest compressions. They said if you break a rib during chest compressions, that is a good thing! That means you are pressing hard enough. Who knew?

So why learn CPR?

  1. I learned that 70% of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in homes or residential settings.
  2. Chances are,  if you are called on to perform CPR, you’ll be doing it on someone you love – a spouse, child, parent or friend.
  3. For every minute a person is “down” without getting CPR, their chances of survival DECREASE by 7-10%. That’s why it is important to know what to do and to do it quickly.
  4. I learned that CPR is not hard. I could do it now, based on a few minutes of training, but I want to do more. I am going to sign up for a CPR course.
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If immediately starting CPR would increase a person’s chance of survival and it is something I can learn to do, why wouldn’t I do it?

So join me, will you?

Find a training near you.

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Love A Blog? Do This-Comment!

 

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Love a Blog? Do This – Comment!

When you read blogs, you may notice that there is usually a section below every post that says “Comments”. Have you ever left a comment on a blog post? Before I started blogging, I rarely did.

Why leave a Blog comment?

  • To express an opinion
  • To share a similar view or experience
  • To strongly disagree
  • To start a conversation

You Can Reply to Other’s Comments

Did you know that you can also reply to other’s comments on a blog post? Commenting and replying to other’s comments are a great way to share experiences, opinions and connect with people out of your immediate circle. This has been one of the most fun and gratifying parts of participating in these online conversations for me.

What commenting does for a Blogger:

  • There aren’t many of us who are in the blogging business just to pontificate and throw a bunch of random information and opinions out there. We love to hear back from our readers! We want to connect with you and have a conversation with you. When you comment, most of us comment back!
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  • It helps us know what posts you are connecting with. For example, this post about my difficulty in getting an ultrasound after a questionable mammogram really touched a cord. I had SO MANY comments from women with similar experiences not only with mammograms, but other medical procedures as well. That tells me that I need to do further research into this topic and do more posts about it, as it is obviously a topic that touches a lot of my core readers.
  • It helps our analytics. Now – this is not the only reason or the prime reason, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t lay it all out for you. Most bloggers use a tool called Google Analytics that gives us all kinds of information on how our blog is doing. One thing that GA measures is how long a reader stays on a page on our blog. If you are commenting, you are staying on longer.
  • Potential advertisers look not only at how many followers we have, but also how ENGAGED our followers are. The number of comments we get is an indication of follower engagement.

So, there you have it. Have you ever commented on a blog post? Will you start now? Is there something that surprised you about why comments are so important to a blogger? Would love to talk about it with you!

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Year Of Yes AND DWTS Recap

Year of Yes by Mega-Producers Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by TV mega-producer, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder), is much different than I thought it would be.

It all started with Shonda talking with her sister on Thanksgiving Day 2013, telling her about  the invitations to the many fascinating events that she had received, to which her sister replied “You never say yes to anything.”

That statement stopped Shonda in her tracks. Her sister was right. She was busy as a single mom to three kids and at the time creator, writer and Executive Producer of two hit shows on ABC. Who had time for anything extra? Or that was what she told herself. The truth was that in spite of her success, Shonda was AFRAID. Afraid of so many things.

So she decided to take the next year and say YES to everything – things that terrified her which included giving the commencement speech at her alma mater, Dartmouth College and appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But it wasn’t just about saying yes to these big events. It is also about things that a lot of us could afford to say yes to – taking care of our health, having difficult conversations and playing with our children.

I admit, when I picked up the book, I thought – “Great, I am going to be ‘guilted’ into adding more things to my already busy schedule”. But it wasn’t like that at all. It’s about looking at the things we say NO to and deciding if we would be better served by saying YES instead.

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Shonda’s year of yes resulted in tremendous growth for her. What do YOU need to say yes to?

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Dancing With the Stars Recap

Jody Sweetin with Dance Pro, Keo Motsepe on Dancing With the Stars
Jody & Keo’s Jive

This week’s DWTS episode featured stellar performances by ALL the dancers, as well as team dances choreographed by the judges. I was sad to see Jody Sweetin, who received perfect 10’s on her Jive with Keo be eliminated. I think she is a great dancer and has grown so much. But the competition is fierce!

Best Female Dancer of the Night

Paige – She is the most beautiful dancer and her original and beautiful Viennese Waltz to Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” with Mark was dramatic and stunning!

Best Male Dancer of the Night

Nyle – His Paso Doble with Peta was the perfect Paso – powerful and aggressive. The 8 counts that Nyle did solo with the other male dancers in silence  (no music playing) was powerful. It showed what it is like for him to dance while not being able to hear the music. Beautiful number. I LOVED it!

Favorite Team Dance

Frankly, I didn’t LOVE any of the Team Dances, but I did think Team Len’s Samba was cute.

Which judges team would YOU like to be on? Leave your answer in the comments.

Head on over to GrammieTime to see what Michelle thought.

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Dinner with Giada & Bobby Flay

When Tony and I celebrated our anniversary in Las Vegas last month, we dined with Food Network Stars Giada & Bobby Flay. Well, not actually in person, but we did eat at their restaurants and had fabulous meals and experiences at both.

Giada at The Cromwell

Giada

Located at the top of The Cromwell on the Las Vegas Strip, Giada at The Cromwell features a large open dining room with these huge retractable windows.

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We were there on a mild spring evening, and the windows were open, providing a cool breeze and lovely view of Las Vegas at night. Talk about ambience!

Giada’s features traditional Italian dishes as well as some lighter options. While I opted for the Branzino with tangerine vinaigrette, Tony had a traditional pasta dish with Sweet Corn and Spicy Sausage on the side. The Branzino was fresh and cooked to perfection. But when I had a taste of the Sweet Corn & Spicy Sausage, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Fabulous and like nothing I had ever tasted before – sweet, spicy and creamy all at the same time. YUM!

Anniversary Cookies

For dessert, we enjoyed their fresh strawberry gelato that they make in house. It tasted more like fresh strawberries than fresh strawberries do! Very refreshing after a big dinner. And since we told them it was our anniversary, they served us this beautiful complimentary plate of Giada’s cookies. A lovely end to a lovely meal.

 

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Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace

 

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The following night, we had tickets to Elton John who was playing at Caesar’s, so we tried Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill in that same location. When we walked in, I was struck by the colors of the Southwest that made this restaurant so warm and inviting.

Mesa Grill Inside

The bar features an extensive margarita menu, as one might expect. Tequila is not my friend, but the Prickly Pear and White Peach Margaritas sounded so good! All their tequilas are 100% Blue Agave Tequilas.

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If you like fine Kentucky Whiskey, the menu includes 10-23 year old bourbons from Old Rip Van Winkle and Willet Distilleries.

As we enjoyed our cocktails, they brought a basket of bread that included these corn muffins with peppers that just melted in your mouth. I can’t even begin to describe the moist, delectable texture of these muffins. There were crumbs all over the table after I ate them, but who cares? I was on vacation.

Cornmeal Crusted Chili Rellenos 2

I wanted to try a typically Southwestern dish, since that is what Bobby Flay is known for, so I had the Cornmeal Crusted Chili Relleno. It was stuffed with roasted eggplant and manchego cheese and topped with a sweet red pepper sauce and balsamic vinegar. Lovely and delicious.

For dessert, we split an order of Churros that were dusted in cinnamon sugar and star Anise with two dipping sauces  – dark chocolate and coconut Dulce de Leche. ROLL ME OUTTA THERE! They were so good.

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I made reservations about a week ahead of time, and even then there were few choices of times at either restaurant. I would recommend making reservations a couple of weeks in advance, especially if you are trying to coordinate getting to a show the same evening.

Giada at The Cromwell and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill – two great places to eat when you are in Las Vegas!

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Chicos Giveaway And Dancing With The Stars Recap

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From Chico's - "Hello I'm Fabulous" Tee, Foldable Animal Print Tote, Sunglasses & Animal Print Cuff
Chico’s “Hello I’m Fabulous” Tee, Foldable Tote, Sunglasses & Animal Print Cuff

The recent Bloggers at Midlife Conference that I attended was sponsored by a number of companies that value the business of midlife women. One of those was Chico’s. Courtesy of Chico’s, I am offering 4 great items as a raffle prize for readers who subscribe to MySideof50 and/or leave a comment on this blog post telling me which of these Chico’s items is their favorite.

  • Hello, I’m Fabulous Tee
  • Animal Print Collapsible Tote
  • Sunglasses
  • Animal Print Cuff

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Raffle begins May 5 at 12:00 a.m. and ends May 12 at 12 a.m.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap

Ginger & Val scored perfect 10's!
Ginger & Val scored perfect 10’s for their Viennese Waltz. My favorite dance of the night.

In this week’s DWTS episode, the dancers danced to iconic songs such as “Proud Mary”, The Jackson Five’s “ABC” and The Rolling Stones’ “Painted Black”. This week’s questions come from Michelle at Grammie Time.

Was there an iconic song that you feel did not fit the dance style which the couple chose?

Von and Whitney’s Salsa to Elvis’ “Satisfy Me”. It was a cute enough dance, but SALSA to ELVIS? Not for me.

Who wore it better – Carrie Ann or Erin?

It’s always fun to see what DWTS host, Erin Andrews and judge, Carrie Ann Inaba are wearing. Erin’s bright red gown was lovely, but I don’t think the bright red was a good color on her. Her sleeked back hair style was not flattering to her overall look either. Carrie Ann had a black DEEP CUT halter dress on. When she was sitting, all you could see was cleavage. But when she stood up, you could see a beautiful metallic belt detail that gave the dress a gorgeous classic look. I’d say that Carrie Ann wore it better.

Which Team Dance did you like better?

Team James Brown, featuring all the male contestants, by a long shot. That dance was like a professional Las Vegas show number. My favorite part was Wanya’s solo to “I Feel Good”. ICONIC for sure!

Which Team Dance did you like the best? Tell us in the comments below.

Hop on over to Grammie Time and see what Michelle had to say about this week’s episode.

 

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3 Reasons To Ride With LYFT When You Travel

I’ve written a couple of posts about my recent “girl’s road trip”  to Nashville with three of my girlfriends. Actually – the “girls” were all grandmothers with 13 grandchildren between the four of us.

In planning our trip, we decided to stay in a house we found on VRBO.com in the Nashville suburbs. Hotels near the downtown area where a lot of the action is were VERY EXPENSIVE and the 4-bedroom house we rented worked perfectly for our needs. At the suggestion of our landlord, we used the LYFT app to take us everywhere we wanted to go. None of us had ever used this “new-fangled” way of getting around.   It’s SUPER EASY! All you do is:

  • Download the LYFT app on your phone.
  • Set up an account using your e-mail and a credit card number.
  • Select the size car you need.
  • Verify your pick up location.
  • Enter your destination and request your ride.

You will get:

  • The name and a picture of your driver.
  • The license plate number and model of the car that will be coming.
  • The driver’s phone number.
  • The estimated time of arrival.

When your LYFT driver arrives, you will get a call or text. Just hop in the car and you are chauffeured to your location. You don’t need cash. When you arrive, you verify the payment on your phone with the option to add the tip.

It’s fast and convenient and if you are travelling, you can’t beat it.

Here are 3 reasons that the ladies on my trip LOVED LYFT:

  • It was economical. Parking in Nashville is scarce and expensive. We saved money splitting the cost of a LYFT. Plus we received discount referral codes from our VRBO landlords, from our LYFT drivers and for sending LYFT referral links to each other.
  • We didn’t have to worry about finding the places we wanted to go in an unfamiliar city.
  • Our drivers were very knowledgeable about Nashville. From great places to see to restaurants, these locals were a wealth of information that you won’t get on any travel site.

Now for the good part – not only do I LOVE LYFT, I just so happen to have a referral code for up to $50 in free rides for new subscribers to LYFT.

If you have never signed up for LYFT, enter this code when setting up your account and you will receive the discount that is being offered in your city.

The code CATHY825357 will get you up to $50 in LYFT ride credit.
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Mother’s Day Gifts for Elderly Moms

Gifts that are appropriate for Elderly Moms

Disclosure: The products below are affiliate links and link to Amazon.com. If you purchase any of these products through the links, I receive a small commission. There is no extra charge to you for purchasing through my affiliate links.

Picking out the perfect gift can be particularly tricky for those with elderly mothers. Most have down-sized and have no need or desire for a lot of extra “stuff”. Those living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities have special requirements and needs.  Here are a few of my suggestions for  gifts for this special group of moms.

A Digital Photo Frame

Moms everywhere love family pictures. But when you get to the age where you have children, grandchildren and then great-grandchildren, there isn’t room for all those framed pictures. NIX Advance – 12 inch Digital Photo & HD Video (720p) Frame with Motion Sensor & 8GB Memory – X12D holds lots of digital photos and videos. It also has a sensor that turns on and off when you enter and leave the room. Perfect for holding all the pictures of those they love!

 

Unscented Hand and Body Lotion

This Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion is perfect for sensitive and very dry skin. It provides long-lasting hydration without any of the ingredients that could harm sensitive skin. The pump bottle makes the lotion easy-access – no caps to screw off or flip tabs to try and open.

Large Print Playing Cards

Bicycle Large Print Playing Cards are easy to see and read.  Playing cards – either solitaire or a game with others is one way to help keep the mind sharp.

Walker Tray for Personal Items

If you are using a walker, you aren’t generally able to carry a purse. This E-z Walker Caddy Walker Tray * Removable Top Conceals Personal Items * Fits Most Manufacturers Walkers.attaches to a walker and holds those personal items while shopping or going other places.

Box of Good Quality Chocolates

Diet permitting, a box of good quality chocolates is always welcome! Godiva Chocolatier Classic Gold Ballotin, 19 Count, Net Wt 7.2 oz will do the trick. Just lift the lid – nothing to unwrap.

Door Wreath*

A Door Wreath like this one from Whimsical Wreaths by Amy not only brightens up Mom’s decor – in an assisted living or nursing home facility, it can help her find her room in a place where all the doors look just alike.  Amy made her first wreath for her grandfather for just this purpose. (Wreaths are not an affiliate link). Wreath choices here.

Gray Burlap Welcome Wreath with Turquoise Accents
Gray Burlap Welcome Wreath

Gifts are great. A treat to show that you remembered your Mom. But the most important gift you can give is your time. Time to be together doing what mom wants to do. Listening to her stories (even the ones you’ve heard a million times), going through old photos together, enjoying her favorite meal.  Treasure the time you have with your Mom now!

If you are blessed to still have your Mom with you this Mother’s Day, how are you honoring her?  Let me know in the comments section below.

Gifts that are appropriate for Elderly Moms
Gifts for Elderly Mothers
Mother's Day Gifts for the Elderly Mom
Mother’s Day Gifts for the Elderly Mom
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