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According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the term impair means "to diminish in function, ability, or quality: to weaken or make worse". Impairment is the theme for the 4th week of National Safety Month.
This theme can apply to any number of situations in life. It can apply physically - hearing loss, diminshed eyesight, broken leg, balance issues, brain function. It can be in the form of mental illness. It can be impairment in judgment and functional skills due to drug or alcohol consumption. It might be grief over a sudden loss. Maybe it is geographical distance in a relationship.
How do we prevent impairment and increase our safety? One of the most basic ways - pay attention! Be aware of your surroundings, phsyical barriers in your way. Be self-aware. Examine yourself, learn what you are suffering from or what weighs heavy on you and create time for yourself to refresh. Safety is paramount - physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. Use the benefit of warm weather and longer days to enjoy some peace and fun. Wear sunscreen!
We've all heard it before...You visit mom, or grandma, in the middle of a sunny summer day. It's 90F and humid. You walk into the house and find the windows closed, the AC off and mom wearing a sweater and wrapped in
a blanket because she's cold. You immediately start sweating and casting about for relief. "Mom, why is the AC off?" You ask exasperatedly. "I'm cold," she replies. "It's too hot in here, Mom, let's get some AC going in here, and I'll get you another blanket."
As a person ages, their metabolic rate slows, the fat layers under the skin thin and the circulation system can't get as much blood out to the skin. In other words, it gets harder to regulate body temperature, keeping the body warm; we may feel colder as we get older.
Dressing in layers may be alright for someone older, but it doesn't help the family members, caregivers or health professionals who may enter the home. AC, fans or some method of regular cooling and air circulation should be going in the home of an elderly person during the hot summer. Someone can always wear layers to warm up, but the air needs to be cooled so nobody has overheating issues, especially when working.
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A Message from the Office
Can you believe it’s June already? It feels like yesterday that we were saying, “Happy New Year”. Now we are saying, “Happy Summer!”. In this particular month, we are also saying Happy Birthdays to our President and Vice President, whose birthdays are the June 11th and 3rd respectively. Happy Birthday Lisa and Megan! May this year bring many blessings and adventures.
June is a wonderful time of year. Mother nature is in full bloom and summer fun is back once more. With summer fun comes the need for summer safety. June is National Safety Month. We will be exploring summer fun, summer heat and summer safety precautions in this edition of Golden Nuggets and on the Golden Horizons Blog. Enjoy your summer and stay safe! ~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W's Inspirational Quotes
Happy Birthday Mr. W!!! It is the month for birthdays at Golden Horizons. Mr. W has been supplying us with inspirational quotes for our newsletter for several years and his birthday is on June 8. Happy Birthday Mr. W! Thank you for inspiring us all.
“Time and tide wait for no man.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
Cultural Tidbit: Geoffrey Chaucer is a famed English poet and author., today best known for The Canterbury Tales. He is often titled as “The Father of
English Literature”; and he was the first to buried at Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner. Born in London circa 1343, Chaucer gained additional renown in his own time as a philosopher and astronomer. He had an extensive career as a civil servant and enjoyed close connections to the English Monarchy and court. Over the course of his career, he traveled extensively and served in many positions, including Comptroller of Customs for the port of London and Clerk of the King’s Works. He married Philippa de Roet c. 1366. It’s believed that they had 4 children, 2 sons, 2 daughters. Geoffrey died October 25, 1400 and was re-interred in Poet’s Corner 100 years after his death.
We would like to wish the happiest of birthdays to all our clients and caregivers with June birthdays. May this next year be full of blessings and adventures!
Clients - Mr. W, June 8 - Mrs. G
Caregivers - Elizabeth G, June 11 - Lucy B, June 14
Safety is Paramount
On May 31, 2019, an employee of of the City of Virginia Beach, VA, resigned in the morning, and went on a shooting rampage in the afternoon. It was one of the most terrible cases of workplace violence in recent. We grieve with the families of the victims.
June is National Safety Month. Safety comes in many forms and across many platforms. Workplace violence and policies to prevent or deal with it are one avenue of safety. Others include seasonal safety, particularly in the summer, when we encounter hot weather and much direct sunlight. We wear proper clothing and sunblock, and stay hydrated as part of our safety regimen. In all situations in life, there is potential for danger and for taking safety precautions.
This year’s National Safety Month’s weekly themes include: Week 1: Hazard Recognition, Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls, Week 3: Fatigue, Week 4: Impairment. Join us as we explore the safety situations presented by the weekly themes for 2019.
Every year, the National Safety Council leads the charge in the National Safety Month Campaign. Let’s explore their weekly themes for safety this year.
Week 1: Hazard Recognition - According to Occupational Safety Group, Inc., “a hazard is any practice, behavior or physical condition that can cause injury, illness, damage to property, damage to environment, loss to process.” To maintain better safety safety, one must be able to recognize hazards in a given situation. Within work places, there are structured protocols in place and training on how to resolve issues. In non-workplace situations, one should be aware of surroundings, note any issues. For instance, if you’re out walking on a paved road, hazards could include stray pebbles, passing cars. To avoid these, note your surroundings, watch your step, don’t wear earbuds etc.
Week 2: Slips, Trips and Falls - Three years ago, I was on my way out the door at my cousins when I missed a step and hurt my foot. I was in a rush, didn’t watch where I was going and that put me on crutches and in a boot for months. It can happen to anyone. Workplace or home, we should be aware of our surroundings - holes in floors, heights, steps, slippery surfaces, stray objects in our path. Avoid them if we can.
Week 3: Fatigue - Fatigue is a term used to describe a regular sense of tiredness or lack of energy. It can be chronic or short-term, and may have different causes. Often, fatigue can be traced to one or more lifestyle factors - lack of sleep, jetlag from travel, physical exertion, lack of physical exertion, unhealthy diet, medications like antihistimines, persistent alcohol or drug use. Other times it’s related to an underlying medical condition. Things we can do - consult with our doctor, change eating habits, exercise, get enough sleep.
Week 4: Impairment - According to the Cambridge Dictionary, impair means “to damage or weaken something so that it is less effective”. We often hear the term in reference to alcohol or drug use - impaired judgment. In these cases, health and safety can be severely at risk. Impairment can also refer to a physical condition that interferes with our everyday lives. Learning new safety habits may become inperative.
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"Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong." ~ James Bryce ~
"The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." ~ Jeff Miller ~
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." ~ Nathan Hale ~
"I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism." ~ Bob Riley
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." ~ Elmer Davis ~
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilence." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it." ~ Unknown ~
“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~
In Memoriam: We honor and remember those who paid so dearly so that we might live our lives in peace and true freedom. Freedom isn't free; it comes with great responsibility. Their responsibility was to defend our freedoms. Our responsibility is to remember them and honor their sacrifices.
We've all heard the old adage, "Respect your elders"; but have you ever stopped to think about why we should? They've been around the mountain a few times; they've accumulated some life experience that we might be able to learn from.
Connect. Create. Contribute. That is the theme for this year's Older Americans Month. Every May, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living leads a campaign to recognize, appreciate and integrate seniors in our communities. They are an invaluable resource to us.
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A Message from the Office
This morning, in my daily inspiration reading, I learned that the Hebrew word shannah means a) To repeat b) To study c) To change. We see this word in action in nature. One revolution of the
earth around the sun completes one year. Each year, the nature experiences 4 seasons - spring, summer, fall and winter. Life springs anew, progresses through death in winter, and then repeats.
Life is made up of seasons. Childhood, teenage years, adulthood, marriage, family, multiple careers, retirement, aging. It is the repetative cycle of life, yet each of us has different experiences within the cycle. We change and grow through our varied stories. As such, while we see the “same old same old”, we must be open to the new. Life is made up of moments and memories, and change comes when our perspective shifts. Will you live shannah? ~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W’s Newsletter Inspiration
“I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ~ Lewis Carroll ~
Cultural Tidbit: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, pen name Lewis Carroll, was a British writer, lecturer, photographer, inventor, mathematician and deacon in the Anglican Church. He is best known for his literary works Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Born January 27, 1832, Carroll grew up 3rd of 11 siblings. His father was an Anglican cleric, like many of his ancestors. He attended the Rugby School and later graduated BA in Mathematics from Christ Church, Oxford. He remained on staff through his life. 1856 was significant for Carroll - he published his first work under his pen name, and he began his career with photography. He had a studio he ran for 24 years. Carroll is also known for progressive work in mathematics and inventions. He died on January 14, 1898, of pneumonia following a bout with the flu, two weeks shy of his 66th birthday. He is renowned still to this day.
May this Month be Memorable
We’re about to make your head swim with the sheer number of commerative recognition and awareness campaigns in the month of May. Take a deep breath: Older Americans Month, Celiac’s Disease Month, Stroke Awareness Month, Correct Your
Posture Month, Water Safety Month, Military Appreciation Month, Healthy Vision Month, Lyme Disease Month, Dental Awareness Month, Mental Health Month, Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Arthritis Awareness Month, High Blood Pressure Month, Asthma & Allergy Month, Better Hearing & Vision Month, Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month, Employee Health & Fitness Month, Mediteranean Diet Month, National Nurses Day - May 6, National Teacher’s Day - May 7, Mother’s Day - May 12, Armed Forces Day - May 18, Memorial Day - May 27.
Join us on blitz journey through these great causes and vital information campaigns over the next 31 days. We will touch on some in the newsletter, and we will feature more blog posts. Enjoy!
We would like to wish the happiest of birthdays to all our clients and caregivers with May birthdays. May this next year be full of blessings and adventures!
Clients - Mrs. O, May 8
Caregivers - Precious N, May 5 - Gaile H, May 19 - Kellyann H, May 20 - Gloria L, May 31
Introduction to Some of May’s Commemorative & Awareness Campaigns
As we saw on page 1, there are many recognition and awareness campaigns going on in the month of May. Here are three that we will explore here. We will go more in depth on the blog over the next 31 days.
Older American’s Month - Top of our list, as an elder care agency, is Older Americans Month (AOM). Seniors in our communities across America are one of our most precious, and underappreciated, resources. They have lived life and offer valuable wisdom and experience to our society. Every May, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Community Living leads a campaign to recognize this population. This year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute: “Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation. Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others. One of the ways AOM will be recognized this year is through the Agency on Aging’s annual exhibit, ”The Art of Aging Art”. It will open May 16-June 20. Visit these sites for more info: www.aoascc.org, https://acl.gov.
Military Apppreciation Month - Everyone in the office staff has a connection to the military - spouses and family who have, or are currently serving. Therefore, honoring members of our military, past and present, is a priority for Golden Horizons. May holds a large number of days dedicated to recognizing various facets of the military: Loyalty Day (May 1), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10), Armed Forces Day (May 18), Memorial Day (May 27). The US military is an all volunteer force. Those who defend our shores, our Constitution, our freedoms do so willingly. How can we offer our thanks? If you own a business, offer a military discount. Don’t forget to say thank you. Buy a cup of coffee for a service member or Veteran in line behind you. www.military.com
Water Safety Month - Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of accidental injury-related deaths in the US. It only takes a moment for a swimmer to be in a life or death situation in the water. Strong swimmers are less prone, but water is no respecter of persons. Swimmer and water safety is imperative. If you are a poor swimmer, make sure to stay in the shallow area of the swim hole/pool or keep a flotation device with you. Never mix intoxication with swimming. Never swim alone. Know your swim skill, limitations and medical conditions. Make sure you or someone else knows CPR and first aid when on location swimming. We will explore more on the blog. www.redcross.org
Alright everybody, it's time to synchronize our calendars and watches for Operation National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! This national campaign to raise awareness, education and action in regards to properly
This weekend will be a busy weekend for many. For those participating in the monotheistic religious celebrations, there will be several: - The Jewish Pesach (Passover) Festival, from April 19-27,
commemorating the liberation of the ancient Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. - The Muslim Lailat al Bara'ah, known also as the Night of Records, April 20-21, where the Muslim god, Allah, descends to the earth and forgives the people their sins. - The Christian celebrations of Good Friday and Easter (Resurrection) Sunday, where they the celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Those with a more secular preference will be celebrating Easter Sunday, a time to celebrate the coming of spring, with the Easter Bunny, the hunt for Easter Eggs, chocolate and jellybeans, and time to be with family and friends.
Whatever you are celebrating, let it be a time of joy, hope, renewal and rebirth. Have a fabulous holiday weekend!