Golden Horizons Elder Care Services, Inc.
We are excited to announce that our newsletter will be going digital in April! Keep on the lookout. Meanwhile, here is our March 2016 Golden Nuggets Newsletter in blog format. Enjoy!
A Message from our President
Here we are, march-ing toward spring! Too corny? Blame my Marketing Coordinator; she gave it to me. In all seriousness, it is March, and we are seeing the first signs of spring - the warmer temperatures, the birds singing, green buds beginning to appear and even the return of our state bird: the robin.
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” J.M. Barrie
17 Days to Spring! You read that right (and I counted again). It’s March! Spring arrives ocially on March 19. We spring ahead (pun intended) on March 13 with Daylight Savings. The temperatures have been mild, the birds are synchronizing their singing with the sunrises, buds are starting to appear in the trees. Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief and embrace the new season. With said new season comes everyone’s favorite activity (or maybe just Danny Tanner’s): Spring Cleaning! Out with the old, in with the new. Spring cleaning normally involves a lot of lifting, moving and sifting. Here are a few tips we have compiled to aid safe spring cleaning for seniors and caregivers:
- Do you have a medicine cabinet? Whether you have prescriptions, generic brands or vitamins, go through your medicine cabinet. Appropriately dispose of any expired medications or vitamins. A good tool for this might be to have a prescription disposal box provided by a local pharmacy. When it is full, you can return it to the pharmacy for proper disposal. Store up-to-date medications in a cool, dry location where they won’t be compromised.
- Make sure your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers are up to code and working. Replace the batteries. These devices may save your life in the event of a gas leak or fire.
- Make sure pathways and walkways are clear. Outside, make sure there are no sticks, branches, rocks or other debris in the walkway that might be a fall risk. Inside, make sure there is no clutter impeding the areas where seniors walk/move. This will prevent trips and falls.
- Review and update your plans in the event of fire, burglary, storms or other emergency situations. These plans can include food supply, water supply, ash lights with fresh batteries, radio, meeting place, exit strategy.
- Make sure your first aid kits are up-to-date with bandages, antiseptic etc.
- If you have health issues, hire a qualied landscaper, or someone who is younger and trustworthy, to help with outdoor work, cleaning the gutters, clearing leaves, debris etc. from the yard.
Daylight Savings: History & Fun Facts
Daylight Savings is the practice of setting clocks forward at the Vernal Equinox and back during the Autumnal Equinox, with the purpose of saving energy and making better use of daylight.
- Benjamin Franklin jokingly suggested Daylight Savings in his 1784 article, An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light, featured in The Journal of Paris. He said the French could save on candles by getting up earlier and making use of natural morning light.
- In 1895, New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson suggested a two hour jump back in October and ahead in March in a paper he presented to the Wellington Philosophical Society. There was interest, but no action.
- William Willett, British builder, pitched the idea of springing clocks ahead 20 minutes for the 4 Sundays in April, and switching back by the same amount each Sunday in September. Again, interest, but no action.
- July, 1908: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada was the first location to use DST. Other places in Canada followed suit and introduced Daylight Saving by-laws.
- WWI & WWII: Germany implemented DST during WWI, followed by other countries involved, in an effort to conserve fuel for war eorts. They reverted back after the war, reinstating it in WWII. In the US, President Wilson signed it into law in 1918. Richard Garland, known as the Father of Daylight Savings, picked up the idea in the UK.
- Today, DST is a regular occurrence, used to save energy. This March 13, when we spring forward, we suggest using it as a time to check your batteries in clocks and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember to switch your clocks, and be safe!
- Source: www.timeanddate.com
- March 13, 2016: Daylight Savings Time
- ***Don’t forget to set your clocks forward!
- March 17, 2016: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
- March 19, 2016: Happy First Day of Spring!
- March 23, 2016: Groton Senior Center’s presents the Active Living Expo
- ***Golden Horizons will be participating! We will be located right inside the foyer with little giveaways and smiling faces. Come visit!
- March 27, 2016: Happy Easter! Enjoy all your Easter extravaganzas - coloring eggs, easter egg hunts, Easter chocolate, little chicks...Spring!!!
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