Message from the GH Office Team
This month, on Sunday, June 18, we have the privilege to honor our fathers for their sacrifices for us. A true father is a unique, precious person in our lives; he is one who provides for us, believes in us, unconditionally loves us and pushes us to be all we can be. Not all fathers are ours by blood, some are ours by adoption, some are ours by choice. This month, take time to thank the man who is your father figure. Take him out for dinner, bless him with a gift, give him a hug. Thank him. We know we will.
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
June 2017 Caregiver of the Month: Mary G.
Well Wishes on Her Next Adventure
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
*James (Jim) Reay Fraser (1908-1970) was an Australian author,
journalist, WWII veteran, and politician. To learn more about him,
see the Australian Dictionary of Biography online.
June Happenings & History
- June 6: D-Day Remembrance - This was the date of the Allied amphibious landing on the beaches of Normandy, France, in 1944. It was a massive invasion to begin the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis.
- www.history.com/news/a-flag-day-history-of-the-stars-and-stripesJune 14: Flag Day - On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolutions stating “That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” In 1916, President Wilson signed a proclamation
designating June 14 as a nationwide observance of Flag Day, and in 1949, President Truman signed legislation naming June 14 to annually be National Flag Day.
- June 18: Father’s Day - In 1972, President Nixon signed legislation establishing Father’s Day as a holiday, celebrated the 3rd Sunday in June.
- June 21: Summer Solstice - The summer solstice marks when the sun reaches its northernmost zenith from the equator, the northern axis tilts toward the sun. It also marks the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. Break out the sunscreen!
*Sources: "D-Day", www.history.com, "Father's Day", www.history.com,
"A Flag Day History of the Stars and Stripes", www.history.com
"June Solstice", www.timeanddate.com
Old Saybrook Summer Concerts on the Green
June 21 on the Green - Save the Train (folk)
June 28 on the Green - Dan Stevens (blues)
June 30 at Harvey’s Beach - Branded Country (country)
*To find out more information, please visit Old Saybrook Parks & Rec at www.oldsaybrookrec.com.
June is National Month For...
- National Safety Month
- Effective Communications Month
- National Vision Research Month
- National Smile Month
There is always something to raise awareness about. In this edition of Golden Nuggets, we will pay particular attention to summer safety.
National Safety Month was started by the National Safety Council in 1996. The National Safety Council is a 501(c)(3), nongovermental organization dedicated to promoting and raising awareness on safety concerns and prevention. They started National Safety Month (NSM) enhance their reach with safety and health promotions. Each year, the month of June is designated NSM; it has a theme, and
each week has a sub-theme. The theme for 2017 is “Keep Each Other Safe” (If you use social media, be sure to use the #keepeachothersafe). The weeks’ focuses are:
- Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
- Week 2: Recharge to Be in Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
- Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
- Week 4: Don't Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)
During the month of June, we will be posting articles on our blog and on social media related to NSM themes and safety in general. Please be on the lookout for them.
*Source: National Safety Month, www.nsc.org
Summer Sun & Water Safety
National Safety Month. As we head into summer, here are some safety tips to help you enjoy the season and stay safe and healthy:
- Beat the heat! When we are overexposed to heat, we risk developing heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Symptoms might include hot skin, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, profuse sweating etc. If someone is experiencing this, move to shaded area, drink cool water or sports drinks, apply wet towls/ice packs, seek medical attention if needed.
- Swimming! Make sure to swim with someone else so there is someone to help if something goes wrong.
- If a senior is a fall risk, schedule swim time with a caregiver present and able to help.
- If at a public pool, obey all safety rules. Only swim if a lifeguard is presesnt.
- Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water or sports drinks with electrolytes.
- Wear sunscreen with UV protection.
- Wear light, colored, loose clothing to reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them and heat you up. Wear a hat.
- Wear sunglasses on sunny days to protect your eyes.
- Avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day between 11am and 3pm.
- If you spent time in the sun in the past, get checked regularly by your doctor to make sure there is no evidence of skin issues ie. cancer.
- "Water Safety", National Safety Council, www.nsc.org
- "Water Safety", American Red Cross, www.redcross.org
- "Swimming Safety for Seniors", www.guardianpoolfence.com
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