Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Phrases to Never Say to The Elderly

5 Phrases to Never Say to The Elderly
Anyone who has ever cared for or spent time with the elderly knows the frustrations that can arise. Simple things that most of us take for granted can turn into monumental tasks that must be repeated over and over again. What are the best ways to handle these situations?

Kurt Kazanowski, an expert in hospice, homecare and working with the elderly, says that while it can be frustrating, especially when it’s someone very close to you like your own parents, there are things you should and should not say that can make it a bit easier:

For example:

- Don’t say: “How can you not remember that!?”
Say instead: “See this sticker? Dad, if the car isn’t inspected before the end of the month, we could have problems.” Place a few post-it notes on the dashboard, fridge and bathroom mirror. Add a smiley face to keep the tone light. And if you still think your parents might forget, make the appointment and then call your dad that morning to remind him.

- Don’t say: “You could do that if you really tried.”
Say instead: “Let me watch and see where you’re having trouble so we can figure out how this can get done together.” Or if you live out of town: “Ask (So-and-so) for help.” Seniors, like everyone else, want to maintain their independence. But if a project is truly beyond their capabilities and they either don’t know anyone who could help (or won’t ask), you might want to try to find someone who can lend a hand.

- Don’t say: “I just showed you how to use the remote control yesterday.”
Instead say: “The blue button on top turns the TV on and there’s one set of arrows for changing the channel and another for the volume. I’ll show you again.” Better yet — ask your parents’ cable or satellite provider to recommend a senior-friendly remote control with a simple design, or purchase one at a local electronics store. Or if they’re okay following instructions, you could write or print out step-by-step directions in large, legible type and leave it near the remote.

- Don’t say: “What does that have to do with what we’re talking about?”
Say instead: “I was telling you about the game last night. It’s okay if you want to chat about something else.” If the subject is important to you, try to bring the conversation back on track without pointing a finger at your dad. And to avoid suppressing genuine anger or sadness, gently explain why the conversation was important to you. Another option: Say nothing and just listen.

- Don’t say: “You already told me that.”
Say instead: “No kidding? And don’t tell me that the next thing you did was . . . .” Yes, you can make a joke out of it — but only if your parents won’t feel hurt. Best-case scenario: Your mom or dad will feel amused and relaxed enough to join in.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cocktail Drink Recipes for National Sibling Day

Today is National Sibling Day and it's time to sit down and relax with a delicious cocktail with all of your brothers and sisters. Celebrate your siblings with delicious cocktails from zero-calorie Sparkling Ice.

Whether you're two peas in a pod or polar opposites, siblings all still have the common bond of family, so we have created two cocktails with very different flavors made from the same base of Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry.
Innocent One Cocktail Drink Recipe

Innocent One Cocktail Drink Recipe

3 oz of Prosecco
1.5 oz of orange juice
1.5 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
Mint leaves (garnish)

Combine all into champagne flute. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Rough Around the Edges Cocktail Drink Recipe

Rough Around the Edges Cocktail Drink Recipe

1.5 oz of rye whiskey
0.5 oz of lemon juice
6 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon (garnish)

Add bitters, rye whiskey, and lemon juice to shaker. Add ice. Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice. Add Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry. Garnish with lemon twist. Serve immediately.

Disclaimer: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Cowgirl's Story: Movie and DVD Release

A Cowgirl's Story: Movie and DVD Release
Bailee Madison, Pat Boone and Chloe Lukasiak Star in the Inspirational Story for the Entire Family A COWGIRL'S STORY will be available on DVD & Digital April 18th, 2017. Here's additional information about the upcoming movie and DVD release.

A dynamic young cast, led by Bailee Madison (Just Go With It), Chloe Lukasiak (Center Stage: On Pointe), YouTube star Aidan Alexander and Froy Gutierrez (“One Day at a Time”), highlight the family dramedy A COWGIRL’S STORY, debuting on DVD and digital April 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film follows Dusty Rhodes (Madison) who goes to live with her grandfather (iconic singer Pat Boone) while her military parents are serving in Afghanistan. When she starts an equestrian club at her new school in an effort to support the troops, she unites the community like never before. A COWGIRL’S STORY also stars James C. Victor (12 Years a Slave), Kai Thomas Schulz (When Life Gives You Lemons), Elise Robertson (American Sniper) and Robert W. Arbogast (The Prestige).

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Dusty Rhodes (Bailee Madison) goes to live with her grandfather (Pat Boone) because both of her Army parents are fighting in the Afghanistan war. Dusty attends a new high school where she makes friends with a group that includes Savanah (Chloe Lukasiak), a girl whose father also served in the Army. Dusty convinces her new friends into forming an equestrian drill team that allows them to perform at rodeos and parades.

Dusty's world is turned upside down by the war when her mother’s helicopter is shot down in action and she goes missing. To cope with her fear and helplessness, Dusty enlists the help of her grandfather and friends to put on a special riding performance for her parents and all of the soldiers fighting overseas. The entire town turns out in support of the event, and it becomes an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Written and directed by Timothy Armstrong (Cowgirls 'n Angels), A COWGIRL’S STORY is produced by Bailee Madison, Carlos De Mattos and Marcos De Mattos. Timothy Armstrong, Celeste Armstrong, Derrick Strickland, Starla Christian, Paul Crouch Jr. and Ralph McCloud serve as executive producers.

A COWGIRL’S STORY has a run time of approximately 98 minutes and is rated PG for thematic elements.

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