~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Message from the President
I can’t believe it is December already! It feels as though I blinked 2019 away.
As we enter the Holiday season and new year, I find myself reflective. This year was challenging and rewarding, both personally and professionally; but I am grateful. The daily ups and downs remind me to count my
blessings. These blessings include all of our
amazing caregivers. THANK YOU! You are
You are Invited...Office Holiday Open House
It’s time to celebrate...celebrate good health, family, friends, life! Come celebrate with us in December with an Office Open House for festive treats and holiday merriment.
- Friday the 20th, 10am-3pm
- Tuesday the 24th 9am-1pm
Office: 251 Main St, Ste 101, Old Saybrook.
Monthly Safety Tip
multiple sources - Farmer’s Almanac, NOAA, Weather.com - are predicting a colder, snowier winter. More snow means we’ll have to clear driveways and walkways more often. Some tips:
If you have a snowblower, use it, with care! If you are shoveling, start with salting your driveway ahead of a storm. Before going out, stretch and warm up for 10-15 minutes. Push the snow instead of lifting; but if lifting, do so with your legs, not with your back. Stay hydrated.
***Reminder: It is Golden Horizons policy - caregivers are prohibited from clearing snow, in any capacity, for a client. If a client needs someone to provide snow removal, please call the office for a recommended referral.
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
America is great because she is good. If America ceases
to be good, America will cease to be great.”
attribution as being original to de Toqueville. Professors Robert Tracy McKenzie,of Wheaton College, and John Pitney Jr, Claremont McKenna College, both have stated they believe it misattributed; and etymologist Barry Popik, believes it traces back to earlier variations, back to 1922, 1880s, and even the 1830s (this one being quoted from accounts of travels in the US by English ministers Andrew Reed and James Matheson). Regardless, while the credit and content for this quote can be controversial, but, reflective of the season, let it foster an opportunity for open dialogue and civil debate, for a better America.
Scrub Scrub Scrub
“Wax on, wax off,” says Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), to Daniel (Ralph Macchio), in The Karate Kid (1984). Let’s repurpose that quote a little here... “Scrub on, scrub off”. December 1-7, 2019 is National Handwashing Awareness Week. Today, we know the importance of washing hands in personal hygiene and good health. We do everything with our hands - hug, eat, greet people, write, draw, type, drive, touch our face. As we go about our daily lives, our hands pick up billions of germs, many of which can be harmful to our health, or that of others. Washing our hands regularly helps to kill those germs and contain the spread of sickness. With the holidays upon us, nobody wants to be sick. Wash your hands, or use a hand sanitizer to keep yourself and others happy and healthy this festive season.
Needle Schmeedle in the Face of the Flu
holiday favorites (I’m still not sure how that one happened). In the song, Julie sang about all manner of things to bring us joy and take pleasure in the little things. Many people do not have the simple things that we take for granted - warm
coats, good food, a steady place to live. There are kids out there who don’t know what it is like to have a new toy, and older folks who no longer have family around to
visit. During this Holiday season, as you shop for gifts, buy the tree, decorate the house, set up the menorah; whether and however you celebrate (or don’t), remember those less fortunate. Pay it forward - donate canned goods to a food pantry, volunteer at a soup kitchen, give to the charities outside the stores with buckets and bells, purchase a toy or warm clothes for the various drives, visit older folks at your local nursing home. Bring the spirit of love and generosity wherever you go. Happy Holidays!