Quick Update: Betty and Her Senior Dog

Thank you for the feedback on my November 12th post, “Suggestions Needed: Senior Dogs and Their Older Owners.”  You’ll be happy to know that I met with the General Manager at my dad’s assisted living community and he is aware of the situation with “Betty” and her sweet senior dog.  The GM actually met with Betty’s family to discuss the welling of the dog and they’ve come up with an initial plan.

Everyone, and that include our four-legged friends, deserves to be safe and happy in their old age.

Week Two: Bailing on NaBloPoMo

Ok, it’s the end of week two of National Blog Posting Month and so far I’ve posted each day.  But, as the headline for this post indicates, I’m bailing on NaBloPoMo.  Well I didn’t technically register to be part of the challenge, so I’m not really bailing.

For me, committing to post daily was like embarking on a no carb diet.  It sounds good in theory but in reality it’s too restrictive.  Life is about moderation and spontaneity.  And, I am proud that I posted daily and now know that I can.  And, I’m really proud of all the bloggers who are/will complete the challenge.  But, I’ve never been one to feel peer pressure so I’m following my own path.  I like knowing that I have the luxury to spend a little more time thinking, writing and rewriting if I like.

Glad to have tried NaBloPoMo for two weeks but so happy to step aside and make my own schedule.


Something to Make You Smile

This listing in our community center newsletter made me smile.  It’s advertising a trip to Cirque Du Soleil for seniors.  The show is described as, “a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients your senses and challenges your perceptions, leaving you to wonder: “Is it real, or just a figment of my imagination?”  Curiosity is ageless.

Cirque Du Soleil Senior Trip

Enlisting Holiday Help from Siblings

Based on my personal experience, and from what I see at my dad’s ALF, there is usually one adult child designated as the caregiver.

I’ve read countless stories that give advice on how the primary caregiver should elicit help from her/his siblings.  I understand in theory why this is a good thing.  One person shouldn’t carry the brunt of responsibility, if they can share the workload with siblings.  But the honest truth is, there are a million reasons why this concept doesn’t work: some siblings don’t have the skills, some don’t have the desire to help, some don’t live close enough, some need help themselves, and the list goes on and on.

But, the holidays offer a chance for siblings to help in a way that hopefully works for everyone.  Find something that your siblings like doing and that you feel comfortable delegating.  And, the hardest part of all, ask for help.

In my case, my sister Janice loves everything about the holidays…decorating, shopping, baking, hosting parties, cards, etc.  So this year she’s going to decorate my dad’s room, buy his gifts, and join him at some holiday activities.  She’s happy and I’m thrilled!

Suggestions Needed: Senior Dogs And Their Older Owners

My husband and I have a soft spot in our hearts for older dogs.  We’ve adopted three Chihuahua’s over the years from a wonderful rescue organization.  All our dogs were estimated to be about seven years of age at the time of adoption.

So this love of older dogs is causing a moral dilemma for me and I’d like your suggestions on what to do.

There’s a resident who lives at the assisted living community where my father resides.  Let’s call her Beth since I’m not actually sure what her name is.  Beth seems friendly but not always aware of her surroundings and actions.  Yesterday I saw her pulling her dog (who is old and very sweet) down the hallway like it was a sled.  And, I’ve seen her mindlessly pull the dog up the spiral staircase to the point of elongating the dog’s neck as they walked.

I’m sure Beth loves her dog.  But, I’m afraid the dog is going to get hurt.  Or, equally worrisome, that Beth is going to fall when tugging at the dog.  I’m so torn.  It’s none of my business.  But, on the other hand, I don’t want to sit silently waiting for something bad to happen.  What should I do?



Another Tip to Prevent Falls

I never thought of physical therapy (PT) as a precautionary resource to help prevent falls for older adults.  I thought PT took place as a result of something, such as a fall, pulled muscle, surgical procedure, etc.

But, my father’s doctor prescribed PT as a proactive means to improve his stooped over posture caused by osteoporosis and the long-term use of a walker.  Today my father had his second PT appointment and I can already see a slight improvement in his posture.  He’s not learning on the walker as if it were a shopping cart.  He’s standing a tiny bit taller, which will hopefully prevent a fall and all the terrible things that accompany falling.

Just thought I’d share this tip since there have been so many articles written lately on older adults and the hazards of falling.  None of these articles discussed getting PT as a preventative measure.  Also, Medicare will cover PT when ordered by a physician.


Where to Have Thanksgiving Lunch in Marin

Photo of Thanksgiving Meal

If you are dining out for lunch this Thanksgiving, here are some great options to consider.  I’ll keep updating this list as I get more information.

Brick & Bottle
  • Buffet
    • Carving station: Willie Bird Turkey, honey clove roasted ham, prime rib.
    • Hot station: butternut squash soup, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, salmon, braised rainbow chard.
    • Cold station: deviled eggs, various salads.
  • $40 for adults and $17 for children
  • Click here for the menu
  • 55 Tamal Vista in Corte Madera
  • The restaurant is located in the Marketplace shopping center and there’s plenty of parking with 2 handicap spots.
Il Fornaio
  • Prix Fixe traditional Thanksgiving meal, which is $42 for adults and $18 for children.
  • You can order from the regular menu as well.
  • 223 Town Center in Corte Madera
  • There’s plenty of parking and four handicap parking spaces close by.
Left Bank Brasserie
  • Prix Fixe 4 course Thanksgiving meal.
    •  Includes butternut squash soup, persimmon, frisee pomegranate salad and pumpkin pie.
    • Select from one of these entrees:
      • Roast turkey with mashed potatoes, corn bread stuffing, brussel sprouts, candied yams
      • Smoked honey mustard rack of pork with leek and potato gratin, brussel sprouts, apple chutney
      • Autumn risotto
  • $48 for adults and $20 for children
  • click here for the menu
  • A few items from the regular menu will be served in the bar.
  • 507 Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur
  • Street parking is available with one handicap space.  There is a large parking lot across the street, which has a handicap space.
  • Prix Fixe 3 course Thanksgiving menu
    • Appetizer
    • Turkey entrée and sides
    • Pumpkin creme burlee
  • You can’t order off the regular menu.
  • $55 for adults and $19 for children
  • 777 Bridgeway in Sausalito
  • Valet parking or metered street parking
Salito’s Crab House & Prime Rib
  • Prix Fixe Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and pumpkin pie.
  • You can also order from the regular menu.
  • $34.95 for adults and $19.95 for children for the Prix Fixe menu.
  • click here for Thanksgiving menu
  • 1200 Bridgeway in Sausalito
  • They have a parking lot and three handicap parking spaces right in front of the restaurant.
Seafood Peddler
  • Thanksgiving meal with roast turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams, haricot vert
  • $26.99 for adults and $18 for children
  • Starters and pumpkin pie are a la carte.
  • You can also order off the regular menu.
  • 303 Johnson Street in Sausalito
  • Parking is in a metered lot near the restaurant.  The restaurant is on the 2nd floor, which you can access via stairs or an elevator.