Elder Care Co-op

Written by Barbara Mascio

Could an elder-care-co-op work for family caregivers? It's an idea that's worked for years in small communities acrossrepparttar United States with childcare.

Thirty years ago, three of my friends, all stay-at-home moms, got together and worked out a system that worked very well. One day a week, each of us took our children to our friends’ home for a ‘play date.’

It allowed each of us to take one full day to shop, go to doctors’ appointments, get our hair done, all without our darling children in tow and all without spending money we didn’t have on child care. Sometimes, we didn’t run errands; we simply spentrepparttar 150273 time alone, soaking inrepparttar 150274 ‘quiet’.

The amount of family caregivers acrossrepparttar 150275 United States that could do something like this is mind-blowing. In fact, statistics most readily quoted are that on any given day, fifty million families are caring for a loved one.

Most family members readily jump in to help a loved one and will put their own lives on hold. Only 46 percent expect to be caregivers longer than two years. In factrepparttar 150276 average length of time spent on caregiving is about eight years, with approximately one third of respondents providing care for 10 years or more. (Source: MetLife Juggling Act Study, Balancing Caregiving with Work andrepparttar 150277 Costs of Caregiving, Met Life Mature Market Institute, November 1999.)

Chinese Jump Rope

Written by Sheree S. Marty

Imagine having a great time playing with just a simple piece of elastic string! Chinese Jump Rope is a jumping game popular aroundrepparttar world!

Chinese Jump Rope found me as a child and once again, through my profession as a physical educator. The game is funny like that, popping up from generation to generation, verbally passed from one to another like a folk tale.

Chinese Jump Rope is a challenging game played by anyone anywhere.

The simple rules testrepparttar 150261 skill and coordination of all players. An elastic rope isrepparttar 150262 only equipment needed for play. The game is easily learned and always fun! Chinese children first played Chinese Jump Rope inrepparttar 150263 7th century. Rediscovered by English children inrepparttar 150264 1960's, Chinese Jump Rope remains as popular as ever.

Chinese Jump Rope is no ordinary "rope skipping" game. "Enders" hold an elastic rope while a "jumper" jumpsrepparttar 150265 rope in special ways. The challenge? To jump successfully!


A Jumper jumps until a jumping mistake or "miss" is made.

-A miss can be made if a jumper jumps "out" instead of "in".

-A miss is also made if a jumper touchesrepparttar 150266 rope incorrectly while jumpingrepparttar 150267 game.

After a miss,repparttar 150268 jumper trades positions with an ender.

The jumper starts fromrepparttar 150269 very beginning ofrepparttar 150270 game onrepparttar 150271 next turn.

Every Chinese Jump Rope game begins withrepparttar 150272 rope held in basic position.


1. Face each other and step insiderepparttar 150273 rope.

2. Placerepparttar 150274 rope aroundrepparttar 150275 ankles.

3. Step back untilrepparttar 150276 rope is stretched.

Two parallel jumping lines, about 12 inches (30cm)apart, are stretched betweenrepparttar 150277 enders.

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