A few years ago, I had the pleasure of traveling in Europe with some friends. On our way back, we had an overnight layover in Austria. The day we were to fly out, I went for an early morning walk with my friend around the little town we stayed in. Nobody was out. No people, no cars, no bikers, no pedestrians. Come to find out, it was May Day, a recognized holiday in many European countries. It’s roots are in the ancient festival celebrating spring’s arrival, but today is also known as International Workers’ Day, recognizing workers, much like our Labor Day.
In that spirit, we recognize our employees, the workers who make possible the care of our clients. Thank you. We also recognize our clients, as it is Older Americans Month, and thank them for the privilege of providing services to them, and benefiting from their wisdom and experiences. Many are military veterans. We thank them, and our active military members. They defend our freedoms and come to our rescue whenever we need them.
Speaking of rescue, mayday is the international distress signal. I did a little research, May Day and mayday aren’t related, except that they both say “may” and “day”. As you can see, we have a “May” theme...Whew (sigh) with all that recognition and exploration, it’s time for another deep breath of that beautiful spring air that FINALLY arrived and join us for some deeper exploration!
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Caregiver of the Month
Mr. W's Inspirational Quotes
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” ~ Katherine Hepburn
***Cultural Tidbit: Renowned actress of stage and screen, Katherine Hepburn is one of our own, a nutmegger, born May 12, 1907, in Hartford, and an Old Saybrook townie. She was unconventional and ahead of her time both personally and professionally, shattering traditional female roles as she introduced the world to a fiercely independent womanwith an energetic zest for life. She didn’t obey all the rules, she made her own fun and created her own adventure.
In Gratitude & Memorium
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." ~ Ronald Reagan
Freedom isn't free.
May is an important month for our military, their loved ones and our nation. May is National Military Appreciation Month. We have 31 days to honor our military, members past and present, to express our gratitude for the
sacrifices they have made to defend our freedoms, and to remember those who have fallen.
May 8 presents the opportunity for us to recognize and thank military spouses for their sacrifice as well. Every day they live with the possibility of sending their husband or wife off to war, enduring long separations and the ever present possibility that their love may not come home. May 19, 2018, provides us a day to honor all the branches of our military - army, navy, marine corp, air force, coast guard - with Armed Forces Day. Finally, we close out the month with Memorial Day, the day we honor our fallen heroes, from all wars and conflicts in our history, who gave their lives in sacrifice to the preservation of our cherished freedoms and national identity.
This May, take time to thank a veteran or active service member. They are the reason we are free.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson
Respect Your Elders
May is Older Americans Month, lead by the Administration on Aging. This year’s theme is Engage at Every Age, focusing on how one is never too old to live with purpose, whether improving ourselves or making a difference in our communities. Respect your elders, it may improve your life.
Spring Safety & Nutritional Tips
- “Vitamin D” & “Vitamin C”, www.ods.od.nih.gov
- “Older Americans Month”, www.oam.acl.gov/
- “9 Surprising Health Benefits of Citrus Fruit”, www.health.com