Decide to treat all your neighbors with consideration and respect. Be a resident ‘ambassadors’ to help welcome newcomers as they transition into the community.
Aspire to live by the Golden Rule.
Today we often read about cyber bullies among young people, but bullying also plagues seniors. The behavior being referenced would be incidents of name-calling, bossy behavior, loud arguments, snubs and aggression.
Causes and strategies
Fear can be one reason for bullying, says Renee Garfinkel, a Washington, D.C.-based psychologist who specializes in aging issues, but it’s also “that human phenomenon of the strong picking on the weak. It’s not a function of aging. It’s a function of pathology.” Continue reading
Gambling destroys the work ethic. The core values of the work ethic are all part of the free enterprise system. Gambling corrupts these values and replaces them with greed and selfishness. Rather than depending upon hard work, gamblers depend instead upon luck and chance.
“I hate casinos!” was my not at all wimpy comment while my coworker replied in like manner….. “I love casinos!” We were not developing an argument, but clearly our opinions were far apart when it came to the issue of gambling.
It got me thinking………. Why am I so opposed to gambling?
Go to any casino and you’ll see many gray heads at the slot machines and blackjack tables. Gambling has become a popular pastime for seniors who often have time to spare and holes in their lives to fill. Gambling, like many things in life, can become addictive and seniors who are bored or lonely may be more vulnerable to addictive behaviors. Continue reading
Here’s the thing… It is never too late to develop a personal walk with God and old age is as good a time as any to begin.
I grew up in the early 50’s and my parents like many of their friends believed in making it a practice to attend church as a family. For them, church was a core item in our home and not an addendum that would be discarded by other distractions. Quite the opposite… Other distractions were discarded or never considered on the basis of what they were learning and becoming as a result of their devotion to personal growth in their faith walk with God. Continue reading
Sometimes it is necessary to “go into the game fighting” so to speak, but most of the time the issue at hand I not a big deal.
Football season in here and grandparents are often making sure they are in the stands to cheer for the young people who are “in the game”.
As aging people, living in close proximity to a variety of people, we need to choose a position as well in the games of life that play out all around us each day. We can choose to play “defensively” when an offensive comment or encounter is hurled our way, seemingly from out of nowhere. Continue reading
My hope is that we can produce a program that will serve as our holiday entertainment at Christmas time. The story I am hoping to use will of course be, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
“Readers Theatre” is an idea that I want to introduce as a new kind of community enjoyment to the friends and neighbors here at Glendale Place.
Readers Theatre connects oral reading, literature, and drama in a group setting. Using only voices and facial expressions, each reader interprets the emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and motives of the characters in a story. A narrator conveys the story’s setting and action and provides the commentary necessary for transition between scenes. Continue reading
Smiling is a good idea for lots of reasons. A sunny disposition and demeanor favorably colors the interactions of my days for the most part… but not every time.
“Hi Smiley” was the greeting I recently received from a business associate while attending a lovely event in glamorous surroundings. It was early in the day and the mood was festive and pleasant. It was interesting to think about the notion that I must come across as a person who is smiling and cheerful a good bit of the time. As I considered this thought, the words to a song taught to me by my parents came to mind.
Let the sunshine in, face it with a grin.
Smilers never lose, and frowners never win,
So let the sunshine in, face it with a grin.
Open up your heart and let the sunshine in. Continue reading
I like working and having a job puts me in touch with some interesting people. There are jobs for those who are willing to put their passion and experience to good use.
I am hearing from some of my peers that they are definitely not living the comfortable retirement lifestyle they always imagined because the needed money is just not there. Complicating matters, things keep getting more expensive, while incomes remains fixed. Something’s got to give.
The solutions are that same as they have always been. Cut spending and increase income at the same time. Continue reading
I want everyone to VOTE!
I am all for voting and I make it my personal business to find out about the people who are running for office and the issues that are going to be decided by the voters. As the resident manager of a large apartment complex, I include voter information regarding registration and our poling location for residents in my newsletter that goes out to the people who live in my community here at Glendale Place. I want everyone to VOTE!
Dealing with the campaigns however, has turned out to be a huge disappointment. Continue reading
Everything about scouting is handled by volunteers, and the Scouts working on these projects are young developing future leaders of the community.
This week I met with a young man who is working to become and Eagle Scout. This soon to be 10th grader is interested in pursuing an Eagle Project, which I have learned is no small undertaking.
A quality Eagle project takes time. The Scout must do all pre-planning, design, any fundraising, and go through a multi-step review process with the end user of his work, property owners, his scout troop and the scouting district. Most Scouts plan 6–9 months for an Eagle Project, taking it from a concept to a fully fledged plan, getting it reviewed (which often involves changes), reviewed again until it is fully ready, and then to implementation. Continue reading
Here’s the thing… we all have some money, but that is not the only “spendable” thing we have to work with.
Feeling the financial “pinch”? If so, you have lots of company. When you start talking to people there is never any shortage of complaints and the old adage if often heard, “The money ran out before the month.” We’ve all been there.
I recently heard of a cost cutting measure that is working like a charm for some of my elderly friends. Granted, these folks are already living in a financially affordable apartment home, having left the big expensive setting behind as their children grew up and established their own families, but the “pinch” is still felt, even by these careful proactive people. Continue reading