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Role Players: Step Up to Step-Grandparenting

When families merge, new grandchildren often are a happy offshoot of the newly formed family. We've got a few suggestions to help navigate the step-grandparent role. Get ready to manage any bumps in the relationship with love, a sense of humor and an open heart. ...
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Play It Forward & Donate Used Musical Instruments to Help Local Kids

You can almost hear the 'playing, can't you? Dig through your closets, hunt through the attic and dust off your kids' old musical instruments. We've got a home for them and it's right here in Cleveland with a new generation of budding musicians. ...
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Technology, Dog Years & Keeping Up

A year for your beloved pup is equivalent of a human body maturing 7 years. Dogs’ accelerated maturity life cycle has a parallel in how things mature in the digital world.

Considering the speed in which technology matures, where our lives increasingly revolve around its innovations, there is a pronounced sense of urgency for collaboration. Brain trusts from companies, nonprofits, government, and the public need to collaborate on innovative ways to help our elders: our parents, extended family, and friends.

As we welcome 2019, Tech Talk starts out “unplugged” – an issue relevant to Boomers, seniors, and their sons and daughters alike. The latter demographic, readers of our sister publication Northeast Ohio Parent, perhaps, are vested and well-positioned to secure the wellbeing of Boomers and seniors. Just like Boomers were the innovators of the 20th century, sons and daughters of Boomers are now the instigators and innovators of the 21st century. They possess the ability to influence, aka shape, the competitive markets, translating to increased affordability and accessibility so no one is left behind.

Additionally, philanthropy in traditional disciplines continues to be augmented by digital world-borne tools and ideas. Those sons and daughters who understand the digital world’s prominence in the real and digital worlds we live in, are now in the decision-making roles to maximize the efficacy of philanthropic efforts. In short, sons and daughters can instill meaningful change for our society.

According to its fact sheet, the White House’s Conference on Aging is “the best-known White House conference.” Great, we already have a platform for collaboration and brainstorming. But wait, it only happens every 10 years? I’m sure readers see the challenge as it relates to the digital world where technology-based innovative ideas originate and mature with head-turning speed.

If you Google the factsheet from 2015, Uber is listed under the section titled “Using Technology to Help Older Americans.” I remember this vividly, sharing the informative video on its pilot program for senior transportation with others.

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Cough, Cough, Sniffle, Sniffle. That’s Not a Cold, It’s An Allergy

Hold on now; allergy season is over, right? At least until spring. Keep the Kleenex handy. For some folks, allergy season takes hold during the winter months when household allergens trigger all sorts of symptoms. Read on for tips on how to beat the indoor allergy season - that way, you'll be all set for the spring allergy season! ...
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North Union Indoor Farmers Market Open Now Through March 30 at Crocker Park

North Union Indoor Farmers Market is returning for its seventh winter season at Crocker Park each Saturday from 9-noon now through March 30.

The market hosts local farmers and bakers selling their fresh goods including seasonal greens and vegetables, fruits, high-quality meats, cheeses and bakery. Sign up for their newsletter at northunionfarmersmarket.org to receive a weekly email update of the current participating vendors.

The market is located at 228 Market Street between the Gap and Cyclebar and will be open every Saturday.

Crocker Park is located at 228 Market St. in Westlake.

 

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What’s In Your Car’s Winter Emergency Kit? Wait, You Don’t Have One? Start Here

Winter has been slow to come to Northeast Ohio, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready for icy roads and blowing snow. Here's a checklist for what you need to keep in your car to stay safe this winter. ...
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Are You a Caregiver? Do You Know a Caregiver? We’ve Got a List of Resources that May Help

Caregiving is a job done with love and patience but everyone knows that at times it can be exhausting and frustrating. Support is available. We've got a list of organizations that address a wide variety of caregiving situations. Cancer, Alzheimer's, Veterans' issues, this list is a good place to start in your search for support. ...
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10 Things That You’ll Spend More on in Retirement

So, you think retired living is cheaper than how you live now? In some instances, it is. Financial planners have traditionally estimated that retirees need 80% or more of pre-retirement income to maintain their standard of living, but individual situations vary greatly. But there are a few things you may spend more on. Here's a rundown on what those are and how to prepare. ...
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