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      Fall Festing Five Ways

      Fall Festing Five Ways

      The leaves are exploding in color and the air is crisp. Sure signs that Fall has arrived! 

      With the new season comes a sense of home and warmth and preparation for all that Fall brings. Fall festivals are common in a lot of places but this year might be a little different. We are still in the midst of COVID-19 and, for many folks, getting out to the fall activities might not be a safe option. 

      You and your loved ones can still enjoy the festivity of Fall! We’ve gathered some of the best tips for celebrating fall at home! 

      1. Decorate for the season!

      Transform your home into Fall with decorations that reflect the colors of the season. Whether you decide to purchase your decorations or make your own, there’s something for everyone!

      Making your own decorations doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few tips for decorating simply and beautifully:

      • Bring nature inside – miniature pumpkins, ornamental corn, dried florals, and more can be used in a variety of ways to bring seasonal color to your home.  
      • Make a wreath – Even if you’re not “crafty”, you can make a wreath using a few items available at local craft stores. You may even have what you need already! Check out this simple to make wreath tutorial: WATCH HERE
      • Make a fall leaf garland – whether you use real leaves or make your own from colored paper, garlands are a simple and easy way to bring color into your home. Here’s a simple DIY leaf garland project: READ HERE

      If dexterity is a concern, choose large, easy-to-handle craft items and offer to lend an extra hand. 

      1. Embrace the Flavors of Fall

      For some people, it’s pumpkin spice. For others, it’s a hearty stew or a favorite dessert. Whatever it is that says “fall” to you, now is a great time to enjoy the flavors of the season. 

      Enjoy your family favorites or try something new. 

      Spiced Apple Cider – this one is made in the slow cooker so it’s easy and your home will have that smell that says, “fall is here!” READ HERE

      Make soup! Nothing says fall like a hearty soup or stew. A slow cooker makes making soup a breeze! Check out these easy, slow cooker soup options. READ HERE

      If cooking is difficult, consider planning an afternoon of cooking or baking with loved ones. This can be a great time to enjoy all the family favorites and pass those beloved family recipes on to the next generations of cooks and bakers. 

      If you’ve been thinking about a special way to preserve those beloved recipes and the memories they hold, check out this resource: FIND OUT MORE HERE

      1. Get Outside!

      Sunny, fall days are perfect for a walk, a ride, or other outing to enjoy the colors, the sunshine, and the crisp air. Of course, it’s important to consider mobility needs and to maintain social distancing and mask protocols as appropriate for your loved one’s health considerations. 

      If leaving home isn’t an option, even small trips outside can be enjoyable and rejuvenating. 

      • Sit on the porch or patio with a cup of tea or warm cider
      • Take a stroll around the block or to the mailbox
      • Bring outside in - open a door or window for some fresh air and sunshine
      1. Fall-themed Fun

      If going out isn’t an option or for those fall evenings, look for fall-themed versions of your favorite at-home activities.

      Indulge your artistic side with fall-themed coloring or drawing. Coloring isn’t just for kids. In fact, adult coloring has become a favorite pastime for grown-ups because it’s a great stress reliever and mood booster! There are lots of great free resources for adult coloring and drawing. Check out the many choices here that include pumpkins, leaves, deer, and more! 

      If you prefer an adult coloring book, here’s an option to consider: READ HERE

      Don’t forget the colored pencils!

      If puzzles are more your style, there is no shortage of fall-themed options to choose from. Whether you want 1000 pieces or just a few, there is something for everyone. Here are a few favorites:

      Northern Lights Cabin (30 pc.) 

      Autumn Farm (500 pc.) 

      Autumn Harvest (1000 pc.) 

      1. Have A Fall Film Fest

      We all have those favorite films that we could watch over and over. When the weather outside is frightful or getting out is challenging, an evening watching old favorites can be just the thing to warm the heart. 

      Get some favorite movie-time snacks and settle in for an evening of fun. If it’s possible, consider inviting some loved ones to join in. 

      Not sure what to choose? Here are a few classic fall favorites!

      When Harry Met Sally

      Fly Away Home

      Good Will Hunting

      Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

      You’ve Got Mail

      Practical Magic

      While you’re festing, don’t forget your ClassyPal clothing protector. Whether you’re enjoying the wonderful fall eats or crafting with your friends, it can keep your clothes clean and free of spills or drips. No matter whether it’s fall festing in your community or festing at home, there is something for everyone and every ability. With a little planning, you can enjoy all that fall has to offer. 

      Happy Fall from all of us at ClassyPal!

      Aging With Grace: 7 Strategies You Need to Stay Active

      Aging With Grace: 7 Strategies You Need to Stay Active

      It’s been said that time waits for no one. Each season of life brings its own challenges and rewards. As we age, we are reminded of all we can’t do when in fact, there is still so much we can do.  

      While it’s true that you can’t stop time from passing, you can decide how to spend that time. You can let it pass you by or you can take charge and make the most of what life brings you. When you give yourself grace to let go of what no longer serves you, you empower yourself to seek out possibilities for making the most of where you are now and embrace what you can do to keep yourself healthy, strong and living your best life. Here are our seven best secrets to aging with grace.

      1. Get Checked Out

      Even if you’re healthy, regular medical and dental checkups are important. Things can change fast. Regular checkups keep your body functioning at its best. Know your numbers. Some of the things to keep a check on include:

      • Blood pressure
      • Cholesterol, blood sugar and other pertinent labs
      • Monitor your weight
      • Dental checkups – dental issues and gum disease have been linked to inflammatory and cardiac issues

      Less time sidelined with medical or dental issues means more time doing the things you love. 

      1. Feed Your Body

      Maintaining a healthy diet is important at any age but even more so in our later years. Adequate nutrition keeps your body fueled with everything you need for energy, good health and optimum functioning. Food and food quality matters. 

      You’ve probably heard the saying “eat the rainbow”. It’s more than a catchy phrase. Turns out, fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are critical for good health. Antioxidants (such as phenolic acids, proanthocyanins, flavonoids, and anthocyanin) are those powerhouse phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables that help your body fight free radicals and age-related tissue damage. For example, fresh cranberries and cranberry juice (not the sweetened sugary kind) contain anthocyanin and other nutrients known that may lower risk of urinary tract infections and certain types of cancer, improve immune function, and decrease blood pressure. Eating a wide variety of produce means you are doing all you can to get those important nutrients. 

      1. Flex Your Mind Muscles

      Aging gracefully also means keeping your mind sharp and flexible. There is a mountain of research that shows keeping your brain challenged helps to stave off cognitive decline. Things like crossword puzzles or Sudoku probably come to mind. If you love doing things like crossword puzzles or Sudoku, great! Challenge yourself. 

      Technology offers even more options! For just about any game or activity you might be interested in, there’s probably an app for that. If puzzles or word searches aren’t your cup of tea, there are many, many ways to challenge those critical thinking skills:

      • Learn a new language. Apps like Duolingo, Memrise or Quizlet can be a great way to get started. 
      • Find an app or program to learn a new craft or skill that interests you.
      • Find and cook a new recipe. 
      • Use an journaling app if you like to write. MoodNotes or Day One Journal are two popular journaling apps to check out. 
      • Consider wearing a smart watch and learn its many functions. Apple Watch or FitBit are two popular brands.  
      • Opt for the online scheduling tool (if available) when making your appointments

      Other ways to challenge your cognitive skills include:

      • Changing the route you take when going somewhere
      • Changing your daily routine
      • Try brushing your teeth or combing your hair with the opposite hand. (It’s more challenging than it sounds.)
      1. Move Gracefully

      The benefits of regular exercise cannot be underestimated. Daily, intentional movement has been repeatedly shown to have several direct health benefits for mature adults. In addition to helping to manage weight, people who exercise regularly can see improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipids, arthritis, and neurocognitive functioning. Getting in that regular exercise also helps to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Regular exercise has even been associated with decreased mortality in older adults.

      You don’t have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits of exercise. Almost any intentional, moderate exercise can make a difference. Here are a few ideas:

      • Dancing
      • Swimming
      • Tennis
      • Water aerobics
      • Walking
      • Bike riding

      Of course, you want to get the OK from your doctor before engaging in any new exercise regime, especially if you haven’t been active for awhile or have restrictions. There is truly something for everyone. 

      1. Get Your Zzzzz’s

      Good quality sleep is the foundation of good health. During sleep, your brain is hard at work clearing out toxins, repairing cell damage that occurs daily and refreshing your immune system. It is also during sleep that the brain in consolidating and storing memories. Good sleep is associated with improved attention and mood stability. 

      Sleep patterns change as we get older. REM sleep (deep sleep) tends to decline. Falling asleep and staying asleep can become more difficult. In this season of life, it’s more important than ever to prioritize sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene can help.

      • Follow a regular schedule even on weekends. A regular sleep schedule works with your body’s circadian rhythm and helps to reset your internal clock.  
      • Get into a bedtime routine. Doing things in the evening that signal “time to wind down” helps your brain begin preparing for sleep. Relaxing things like reading, listening to soft music or a warm bath can help.  
      • Cool and comfy. You want your sleep space to be cool, quiet, dark and comfortable. Soft and comfortable bedding is a must. And don’t forget, comfy PJs! 
      • Power down. Turn off electronics about an hour before bed. The light from your electronics is stimulating and make it difficult to fall asleep. 
      • Avoid too much napping. A quick, short 20-minute power nap can be refreshing but long or late-day naps can leave you sleepless. 
      • Exercise regularly. Daily exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality. Try to avoid exercising close to bedtime as it can be too stimulating. 
      • Avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can disrupt sleep. Some people are more sensitive than others but a good rule of thumb is to avoid using caffeine late in the day.
      1. Use Your Tools

      As we get older, some things just get harder to do. Hands don’t grip quite as well. Fingers aren’t as flexible as they used to be. Holding skinny utensils, navigating mealtimes, or attending to daily activities can become a challenge for even the most nimble. Live smarter, not harder! Look for tools that make doing those everyday tasks just a little easier. 

      Today’s adaptive tools are designed with the mature, socially active adult in mind. You’ll find adaptive utensils, tableware and more that make mealtime easier to manage. 

      Classy Pal’s line of sophisticated and stylish adult clothing protectors are designed to be functional and stylish. You can dine out with confidence knowing that spills are no worry. Whether you’re at home or out on the town with friends, you will find a style to fit every occasion. 

      Don’t let worries about needing assistive tools stop you from living the life you want to live. There truly are tools for almost every need.

      1. Practice Gratitude

      This tip might surprise you. The act of practicing gratitude has been shown to have profound physical and emotional benefits when practiced regularly. But, what does that mean exactly? 

      Gratitude is more than just saying “thank you”. Gratitude is the process of acknowledging the goodness and positives in your life and the world around you. It harnesses the power of the mind-body connection. When practiced regularly, gratitude helps you to see value in the future. It improves self-control and a sense of connection and caring for oneself and others. A few of the many benefits of practicing gratitude include:

      • Improved sleep
      • Greater sense of well-being
      • Less stress
      • Strengthened immune system and improvement in health markers
      • More satisfying relationships

      Practicing gratitude is easy too! There are a million and one ways to do it but one of the simplest and most powerful is to simply keep a gratitude journal. Set aside a few minutes each day to reflect on some things that you are most grateful for. Really reflect on what those things are and why they matter to you. Take your time. You don’t want to just jot down a laundry list. You want to really reflect upon and allow yourself to experience the feeling of being grateful for it. 

      Not sure how to start? Try using prompts to get those thoughts going. Here is a prompt to try:

      What is one something you did this week that you're thankful for?

      Write about someone you’ve never met, but who has positively influenced your life in some way.

      Time moves on but how you experience it is largely up to you. Aging with grace allows you to embrace life to the fullest and live on your terms. Adopting a few strategies can keep you engaged, healthy and happy. As always, stay safe and know that Classy Pal is here with you.

      Summer And Covid: 5 Fun Ways to Spend Time With Your Grandkids

      Summer And Covid: 5 Fun Ways to Spend Time With Your Grandkids

      Summer is here but this summer is like no summer we’ve had before. This summer, our world is in the middle of a global pandemic that has turned everyday life upside down. While restrictions are lifting in many places, grandparents are anxiously awaiting that visit from their grandchildren. This summer’s visits may look a little different though. Social distancing and masking up are the new normal.

      Grandparents especially are among the most vulnerable of our family members. At same time, grandchildren are ready for that visit. With coronavirus still a threat, many families are now having to get creative when it comes to staying close. Here are some creative ideas for safely spending time with the grandkids.

      Movie Nights

      If it is safe for a visit, turn your living room into a movie theater. Choose a fun movie and enjoy complete with popcorn and all the fun movie snacks. 

       

      If watching at home isn’t an option, consider a virtual movie night via an online videoconferencing platform like Skype or Zoom. With all the streaming services available, watching a movie with the grandkids can be tons of fun even virtually! Choose a movie and everyone can watch together, each from the safety of their home.

      Outdoor Tea Party

      If its safe for you to do so, plan an afternoon tea party. A lovely little tea set can make it a sophisticated affair. 

       A little sunshine and fresh air, some tea and cookies and you’ve got an afternoon to make some memories. Got a pool? Make it a pool party complete with all the backyard pool party snacks. Outdoor activities are much easier spaces to maintain social distancing

      Have A Catch Up Party

      The stay-at-home restrictions have meant that families were probably not able to be together for birthdays, dance recitals, graduations, and other milestone events. That’s a lot of catching up to do! Why not plan a Catch Up Party? If it’s safe for you to do so, plan a celebration to recognize all those missed events. Celebrate those birthdays, watch the recital video or even welcome that new grandchild into the family. If celebrating in person isn’t safe, consider having a virtual Catch Up Party. What’s most important is remembering the milestones, even if they’re celebrated late. Those moments matter.  

      Have A Play Date

      Whether it’s in person or virtual, schedule a play date with each of your grandkids. Set a date and time that is just for them. Together, choose what that special day will be. You can do arts and crafts, read a story together, watch a movie, or even bake cookies if you’re able to be together in person. Having special time with you lets them know you love them and make time just for them.

      Little Surprises

      If you are in a situation where you cannot visit, you can still stay connected. Little surprises carry big love. Write them a note and mail it. Imagine how excited they’ll be to get their very own mail from Grandma or Grandpa! Drop off a sweet surprise. Leave a small toy or some of Grandma’s special chocolate chip cookies. These little gestures let them know you’re thinking of them and allow you to share a little bit of the love you have for them. It’s not perfect and it’s hard to not run and hug them up, but it sends a powerful message of love.

      As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, families must remain vigilant and protect the most vulnerable to the virus. Families can still remain close but will have to be creative.

      There may be times when you can visit or engage in certain activities safely. There may still be times when we must isolate. No matter the circumstances, you can remain close with your grandchildren. It just takes a little planning and preparation.

      At ClassyPal, we remain steadfast in our commitment to be here with you through the pandemic. Whether you need personal care items or a stylish clothing protector for that oh-so-chic afternoon tea party with your grandchildren, we’re here. Things will get better and we will get through this. Together. Be safe and be well.

      Summer And Covid: 5 Fun Ways to Spend Time With Your Grandkids

      Summer And Covid: 5 Fun Ways to Spend Time With Your Grandkids

      Summer is here but this summer is like no summer we’ve had before. This summer, our world is in the middle of a global pandemic that has turned everyday life upside down. While restrictions are lifting in many places, grandparents are anxiously awaiting that visit from their grandchildren. This summer’s visits may look a little different though. Social distancing and masking up are the new normal.

      Grandparents especially are among the most vulnerable of our family members. At same time, grandchildren are ready for that visit. With coronavirus still a threat, many families are now having to get creative when it comes to staying close. Here are some creative ideas for safely spending time with the grandkids.

      Movie Nights

      If it is safe for a visit, turn your living room into a movie theater. Choose a fun movie and enjoy complete with popcorn and all the fun movie snacks. 

       

      If watching at home isn’t an option, consider a virtual movie night via an online videoconferencing platform like Skype or Zoom. With all the streaming services available, watching a movie with the grandkids can be tons of fun even virtually! Choose a movie and everyone can watch together, each from the safety of their home.

      Outdoor Tea Party

      If its safe for you to do so, plan an afternoon tea party. A lovely little tea set can make it a sophisticated affair. 

       A little sunshine and fresh air, some tea and cookies and you’ve got an afternoon to make some memories. Got a pool? Make it a pool party complete with all the backyard pool party snacks. Outdoor activities are much easier spaces to maintain social distancing

      Have A Catch Up Party

      The stay-at-home restrictions have meant that families were probably not able to be together for birthdays, dance recitals, graduations, and other milestone events. That’s a lot of catching up to do! Why not plan a Catch Up Party? If it’s safe for you to do so, plan a celebration to recognize all those missed events. Celebrate those birthdays, watch the recital video or even welcome that new grandchild into the family. If celebrating in person isn’t safe, consider having a virtual Catch Up Party. What’s most important is remembering the milestones, even if they’re celebrated late. Those moments matter.  

      Have A Play Date

      Whether it’s in person or virtual, schedule a play date with each of your grandkids. Set a date and time that is just for them. Together, choose what that special day will be. You can do arts and crafts, read a story together, watch a movie, or even bake cookies if you’re able to be together in person. Having special time with you lets them know you love them and make time just for them.

      Little Surprises

      If you are in a situation where you cannot visit, you can still stay connected. Little surprises carry big love. Write them a note and mail it. Imagine how excited they’ll be to get their very own mail from Grandma or Grandpa! Drop off a sweet surprise. Leave a small toy or some of Grandma’s special chocolate chip cookies. These little gestures let them know you’re thinking of them and allow you to share a little bit of the love you have for them. It’s not perfect and it’s hard to not run and hug them up, but it sends a powerful message of love.

      As we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, families must remain vigilant and protect the most vulnerable to the virus. Families can still remain close but will have to be creative.

      There may be times when you can visit or engage in certain activities safely. There may still be times when we must isolate. No matter the circumstances, you can remain close with your grandchildren. It just takes a little planning and preparation.

      At ClassyPal, we remain steadfast in our commitment to be here with you through the pandemic. Whether you need personal care items or a stylish clothing protector for that oh-so-chic afternoon tea party with your grandchildren, we’re here. Things will get better and we will get through this. Together. Be safe and be well.