According to the Cambridge Dictionary, legacy is a) “something that is a result of events in the past” or b) “a legacy is also money or property left to a person by someone who has died”. These definitions are practical, but fall far short of the weight that the term carries. Legacy is the mark you leave on the world, on the hearts of those who know you, the generations that follow you and what they do in the world.
August is Legacy Month and Boomers Make a Difference Month. Boomers are the generation of baby boomers, referring to babies born between 1946-1964. Now, as Boomers move into later workforce and retirement years, what better time to think about their legacy and make an impact in other’s lives. Take a moment ...what do you want your legacy to be?
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Mr. W’s Newsletter Inspiration
If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~ Winston Churchill
Cultural Tidbit: Winston Churchill is renowned as the Prime Minister who lead Great Britian through WWII. But as with all famous historical figures, there are some little known facts that can prove just as interesting. We have learned of his life in past editions, so lets explore his less traveled paths. Did you know Winston Churchill...
You’re probably asking yourself what NIAM stands for. Don’t worry, I won’t keep you in suspense. NIAM stands for National Immunization Awareness Month, which takes place in August. The CDC defines immunization as “the process by which a person or animal becomes protected against a disease.” They are most often
provided as vaccine shots administered by a doctor.
Immunizations have been used for
Summer Tips Reminder
Boomers Make a Difference Month
Baby boomers refer to the generation born between 1946 and 1964. Through the decades, they have contributed a lot to us, from the internet to DNA use fingerprinting. They have given us the likes of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Meryl Streep.
Baby Boomers are highly educated, believe in individualism and hard work, engaged in the political process, frugal and active. They are not your standard “senior citizen”. They are well-rounded with a desire to contribute. Thus, we celebrate them during the month of August, and look for ways to help them get more involved.
Immunization (or inoculation) techniques have been used for hundreds of years, as early as 1000AD by the Chinese against small pox. In 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner, successfully inoculated an 8 year old boy against small pox using a vaccine developed from the closely related cow pox, in England. In 1801, Harvard School of Medicine cofounder and doctor, Benjamin Waterhouse, started the use of the cow pox vaccine in Massachusetts, which lead the state to be the first to push the use of vaccinations. Milton, MA, became the first town to offer free small pox vaccines. In February, 1813, President James Madison signed the An Act to Encourage Vaccination into law. In 1855, Massachusetts became the first state to require children attending public school to be vaccinated. There was pushback throughout all these years, as there is today. In 1879, the Anti-Vaccination Society of America was founded, followed by regional societies, such as the New England Anti-Compulsory Vaccination League in 1889.
Today, there is controversy over what the side effects to vaccines are, including the most renowned, whether the MMR vaccine is linked to autism or not. Thus were born the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed in 1986, and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), created under the act in 1988. Controversies aside, science and history show the incredible contribution of immunizations. Be sure to get all yours, and your flu shot, after consulting with your doctor. Stay safe healthy!
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- "9 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Winston Churchill", May 10, 2019
- "History of Vaccines", ProCon.org, Updated March 7, 2019
- "Vaccines & Immunizations: Glossary", CDC, Rev. March 31, 2016
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- "Boomers Making a Difference", Chris Draper, August 3, 2018, Seniors Lifestyle Magazine
- "Boomers Making a Difference", July 28, 2017, Kendal on Hudson