Granny Jo Products for Dignity and Independence

Lakeland Big Event and Downtown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, November 12 the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring The Big Event in downtown Lakeland on Lake Mirror. Lakeland Businesses and Food Trucks will be there to sell and showcase their wares from 4-9 PM. We will be among them. It should be a fun and lively evening with music, food, browsing, and friends. Stop by, say hello, and see what is new.

Beginning shortly you will be able to purchase your favorite person a gift from Granny Jo Products at the Lakeland Downtown farmer’s Market. We are waiting for the dates that we will be having our booth their. When it happens we will let you know.

Amazon Recognizes Granny Jo Products

Dear Granny Jo Products,
On behalf of Amazon, we want to congratulate you on your outstanding sales performance during the 2012 holiday season.
Your sales ranked among the top 25% of all Amazon sellers. In addition, your customer satisfaction ratings were excellent — A+ — during this period.
Thank you for the hard work and dedication that made these results possible. You provide an exceptional shopping experience for customers on Amazon.

Dear Granny Jo Products,
On behalf of Amazon, we want to congratulate you on your outstanding sales performance during the 2012 holiday season.
Your sales ranked among the top 25% of all Amazon sellers. In addition, your customer satisfaction ratings were excellent — A+ — during this period.
Thank you for the hard work and dedication that made these results possible. You provide an exceptional shopping experience for customers on Amazon

Dear Granny Jo Products,
On behalf of Amazon, we want to congratulate you on your outstanding sales performance during the 2012 holiday season.
Your sales ranked among the top 25% of all Amazon sellers. In addition, your customer satisfaction ratings were excellent — A+ — during this period.
Thank you for the hard work and dedication that made these results possible. You provide an exceptional shopping experience for customers on Amazon

News from one of our Partners

Just wanted to let you know that on Sunday I had 15 OT students here from Concordia University. They are currently OT assistants enrolled in a weekend OT bachelors degree program. They come from across the US to attend this program. As they enter the house we assign them a disability, a household task and adaptive equipment, then send them on their way to complete their task in Welcome HOME. Your shower robe and adjustable napkin clip were extremely popular items!

We have 2 more classes coming for the same exercise in April…

What About the Seniors? Forgotten Demographic

Have you wondered when the retail industry was going to wake up to the buying power of Seniors? As “boomers” continue to march into the “Senior” category one can only hope that the retail industry will pay more attention than they currently do. 

Clothing companies almost completely ignore the “mature body shape” of the Senior woman.  In order for clothing to fit comfortably around the waist skirts and slacks must frequesntly be purchased in a larger size than is really required.  Then the garment fits around the waist but hangs unattractively elsewhere.  Men face a smilar struggle if they develop a “paunch belly”. …the garment fits over the middle but it is too big elsewhere.

Have you seen what is happening at the local grocery store?  Expanded aisles for pet food and supplies and an entire aisle for babies.   Don’t get me wrong, I love babies and my dog as much as anyone, but do they really need all of that “stuff”?  However, there is no rhyme or reason as to where items for seniors are shelved.   If you are looking for items for Seniors(Ensure, Depends, individual serving sizes) they are scattered throughout the store. Not to mention that the sheer size of the store may be more than many “seniors” can easily manage. Before too long the smart, customer friendly grocery store will have an aisle with Senior products and portion sizes. They will no longer require their customer to hunt up one aisle and down the next looking for the items targeted for their use.

Seniors need to speak up to management in retail stores.  Ask for a Senior freindly aisle in their graocery store.  Check with the manager of a Department store and ask where the Senior Deparmtent is located?  They have Infants, Boys and Girls, Pre-teen, Teen, Misses, Men and Women…..what about the Seniors???  I  feel as though the time is right for Seniors to ask clothing manufactureres for clothing that fits them, food producers to package for them, and stores should be willing to make it easier for Seniors to find the items targeted to them

A Child’s Perspective

Borrowed thoughts from Grandparents and Grandchildren

1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!” I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye….

2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, “Did you start at 1?”

3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”

4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own
Childhood was like. “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo and I said, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather’s word
Processor. She told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?” he asked? “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”

7. I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I
Decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it
Was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I
Continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think
You should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!”

8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.”

9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, “I’m
not sure.” “Look in your underwear, Grandpa,” he advised “Mine says I’m 4 to 6.”

10.. A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting.” she said… “How do you make babies?” “It’s
simple,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”

11. Children’s Logic: “Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said
a teacher. The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.” The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked. “Sure,” said the young boy confidently. ‘It means carrying a child.”

12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire
truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s
duties. “They use him to keep crowds back,” said one child. “No,” said another. “He’s just for good luck..” A third child brought the argument to a close.”They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”

13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. “Oh,” he said, “she lives at the airport, and when we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we’re done having her visit, we take her back to the airport.”

14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him!

15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas
leaks and they blame their dog.

SEND THIS TO OTHER GRANDPARENTS, ALMOST GRANDPARENTS, OR HECK, SEND IT TO EVERYONE. IT WILL MAKE THEIR DAY!

Debember Feature on Fox Business News

Granny Jo Helps Elderly Age With Dignity
By Matthew Rocco
#mysbc
Published December 07, 2012
FOXBusiness

We’re highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business Spotlight.

Small Business Spotlight: Granny Jo Products

Who: Jo-Ann Tilghman, @gjproducts

What: Products for senior citizens

When: 2007

Read more: http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2012/12/07/granny-jo-helps-elderly-age-with-dignity/#ixzz2JNVcy7Hg

Love our Customers

Granny Jo, I wish I could just give you a big hug for this incredible napkin clip you have created. You have literally saved my life. I’m a 34-year-old woman, and before I found the napkin clip I was living with sixteen cats and well on my way to spinster-hood. I would occasionally get asked out to dinner by well meaning gentlemen (I was quite the looker in my hey day), but every time I would go out, the evening would end in whatever I was eating all over my shirt. Oh, “There’s the lady with the hole in her mouth” they would say. I stopped leaving the house because the taunts would follow me everywhere. “Hey there, Sloppy McDrooly Pants!”. Oh God, I’m having flashbacks…Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. The napkin clip. Once I ordered a napkin clip, I incorporated it into my daily wardrobe. I have so many stylish napkins and get complimented on them wherever I go! Dinner dates were no longer something I feared. I could just switch out napkins when one became soiled. Now I’m married to a wonderful man who loves me and my unstained clothing! Thanks Granny Jo!!!

What’s To Coming For Seniors

www.hmenews.com/article/adls-are-largest-hme-category-or- will-soon-be

Seniors Are Coming

www.homecaremag.com/hme-products/opening-adl-floodgates

Holiday Greetings

Thank you for being our customers this past year.
We wish you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and happy 2013.