A Message for the Office
Buckle up everyone! We’re getting ready for the holiday
months. Columbus Day, Halloween, fall festivals, vibrant
foliage, pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and more!
October kicks us off with several observances. The most
well known is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A lesser
known one is Emotional Wellness Month. When it comes to health, there is a wealth of information on the physical, but we are playing catch up when it comes to mental, spiritual and emotional. As the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, many people descend into darker moods. It is sometimes known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and while its symptoms may come and go with the seasons, other disorders, like depression may linger. If you, or someone you know suffers from these, please see a professional. Our health is one of our most precious assets, emotions included.
~ Golden Horizons Office Team
Mr. W's Newsletter Inspiration
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Cultural Tidbit: Laozi (sometimes rendered Lao Tsu or Lao Tsi) is a famous Chinese figure - ancient philosopher, credited author of the philosophical treatise Tao Te Ching,
reputed founder of Taoism, recognized deity in Taoism and other Chinese religions.
Caregiver of the Quarter
Amanda joined the Golden Horizons team in August 2018. In her time with us, she has proven herself a team player and consummate professional. Her clients have had nothing but high praise for her work ethic and caring manner. Amanda, thank you for your hard work and exceptional care for your clients. You are a valued member of Golden Horizons. Congratulations!
Marty has been an invaluable member of the Golden Horizons team since May 2015. He has been a steady caregiver for many clients and acted as our pinch hitter whenever we call last minute. Marty is an excellent caregiver; he takes his position seriously and provides
only the best to his clients. Thank you for all you do for your clients and the company! Congratulations!
are happening; join the fight!
Health Literacy Month - $238 billion. That is the estimated annual cost to the health care system caused by low health literacy. According to Title V of the ACA of 2010, health literacy is “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” In 1999, Dr. Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L, founded Health Literacy Month to raise awareness about the need for better health literacy and provide education. Today, 20 years on, it is a worldwide campaign. Your health is vital. Learn more from these sources: www.healthliteracymonth.org, www.staywell.com, www.cdc.gov
Long Term Care Planning Month - Where will you live? Who will be your POA? Who will control your finances if you can’t? Will you have a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order? How will you pay for long-term care if your health declines and you need help? These are questions we all need to consider, at any age. 52% of people age 65 and older will need some form of long-term care in their lifetime, yet only 350,000 Americans got long-term care insurance in 2018. Many
simply ignore the issue until it becomes a problem. Long-term care is expensive, we can’t afford to ignore it. In 2001, Certified Senior Advisor Marilee Driscoll started the Long Term Care Planning Month (in October) to raise awareness long term care planning. We don’t know what the future holds for our health, planning is key. Start today!
It’s Fall! - Don’t ‘fall’ for the brilliant blue skies, vibrant colors, and crisp, refreshing 60 degree days, cold weather is around the corner (ok, maybe ‘fall’ for them a little haha). Fall is a season of wonder, but also to prep for winter. Here are some quick tips: have a professional clean out your gutters, your lawn of all leaves, sticks and tripping hazards; have any maintenance needed for your furnace, chimney or other heating sources to make them ready; make sure your car is made ready with an cold weather emergency kit, snow tires, and maintenance.
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wear it Pink
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Breast Cancer Foundation
- Breast Cancer Statistics, Continuous Update Project, World Cancer Research Fund, American Institute for Cancer Research
-"Health Literacy Month: 5 Ways to Maximize Health Literacy", Brooke C. Wheeler, October 1, 2019, StayWell
- Health Literacy, Rev. December 13, 2016, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- What is Health Literacy Month, www.healthliteracymonth.org
- "Long Term Care Insurance Facts Data - Statistics - 2019 Report", American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance
- "Long Term Care Planning Month", Checkiday.com
- "October is Long Term Care Planning Month - How is Your Plan Coming?", October 1, 2015, Integral Senior Living
- About Marilee Driscoll, www.marileedriscoll.com
- Planning for Long-Term Care, Rev. May 1, 2017, National Institute on Aging
- LongTermCare.gov, US Department of Health & Human Services
- "75 Must-Know Statistics About Long-Term care: 2018 Edition", Christine Benz, August 20, 2018, MorningStar
- Winter Weather Tips, Nationwide