Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be one of the founding mothers or fathers of the US? What was it like to live under the England of the 1770s; under “no taxation without representation”? What kind of courage and perseverence would have been required to step off the proverbial cliff and declare independence? What did Thomas Jefferson feel and think as he wrotethe document that set the course of a new nation?
In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress charged the "Committee of Five" - John Adams, MA, Benjamin Franklin, PA, Thomas Jefferson, VA, Robert R. Livingston, NY, and Roger Sherman, CT, to draft a declaration of independence. An initial draft was presented June 28, John Hancock was the first to sign it on July 4, 1776, and the final signature was penned on August 2, 1776. The Thirteen Colonies stepped off the cliff into history.
Wednesday is July 4, our Independence Day. As we go to our parades, parties and barbecues, take a moment to think about the sacrifices made to get us here. America is a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. We’re not perfect, far from it, but America was and is founded on freedom. We have the opportunity to always make it better. Happy Independence Day! ~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W’s Newsletter Inspiration
“Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything.”
~ Katherine Hepburn ~
Katherine Hepburn, reknowned actress of stage and screen, can definitely be considered an Old Saybrook townie. Born May 12, 1907, in Hartford, CT, she spent summers with her family at their seaside home in Fenwick Borough. There she played golf and tennis, she swam in Long Island Sound and pursued her passion for acting at the Ivoryton Playhouse. In her later years, she became a permanent resident of Fenwick, remaining so until her death on June 29, 2003, at age 96. Today, Old Saybrook celebrates Hepburn’s legacy of stage, screen and life with the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, better known as The Kate. Located right on Main Street, The Kate, brings great shows - theater, dance, music and movies to the local community. Though gone 15 years, Katherine Hepburn is beloved by the community.
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is in this position, share these tips with them to help manage.
1. Protect Your Own Identity - Don’t lose yourself in the layers of caregiving involved with two fronts. Do something for you, even
if you bring it into your caregiving.
2. Reprioritize - We have so many demands on our time, we run the risk of getting swallowed up in commitments. Being a caregiver for two generations, we need to learn to reprioritize as things come up.
3. Get Organized - With so many responsibilities on a bi-generational level, we need to beorganized so our time is used effectively. It goes hand in hand with prioritizing. If it doesn’t come natural to you, consult a professional. It will help.
4. Accept Help - Are you somebody who always tries to do everything themselves? Perhaps you know someone. It gets overwhelming. Ask for help. It can make all the difference.
5. Keep Filling Your Tank - Being a bi-generation caregiver takes a toll mentally, physically and emotionally. It can threaten to become your identity. Don’t lose you! Do something you love. You can’t pour out unless you refill.
Summer brings hot weather. Hot weather brings increased risk for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration. The people most at risk are children, athletes who exercise a lot, people working in outdoor industries, people taking meds that change how they produce sweat, people with a history of heart disease or circulatory issues or other long-term illnesses, people addicted to drugs or alcohol, and the elderly. How do we prevent these issues
and “beat the heat”?
1. Drink more water than normal; more than you think you will need.
2. Don’t drink alcohol, or drink it in moderation, supplementing with plenty of food and water. Avoid drinking when out during the hottest parts of the day.
3. Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will reflect sunlight rather than absorbing it.
4. Wear hats to keep the sun off the top of your head and to protect against sunburn.
5. Put sunblock on and readily replenish it.
6. Avoid going out during the hottest part of the day, keep those ACs and fans going.
7. Drink fruit juices and sports drinks to rehydrate and replenish salt in your body lost throughsweating.
Take these steps to help you stay hydrated, cool, healthy and safe. Enjoy your summer!
- "Five Tips for Sandwiched Caregivers", Amy Goyer, AARP
- "Heat Illnesses Can be Fatal; Would You Know What to Do?", National Safety Council