“Orville Kelly was diagnosed with lymphoma in his early forties. One day when he was sitting in his doctor’s waiting room, he thought to himself that he should start making better use of his time, since he did not know how long he may live with his cancer. He started talking about ideas of positive thinking to other patients in the waiting room and they formed a small support group. As a result of this experience, Orville founded the organization, Make Today Count, with the simple purpose of bringing together people who are learning to live with cancer. The following are suggestions for making each day count:
Talk About It
Those around you may be unsure about what they can do. If they ask, take the opportunity to let them know how they can help you during this time.
Tell your doctors that you want to participate in your care and know what is going on with your health.
You may meet people who think they can catch cancer by being near you. Share with them what you know about cancer, so they will not be afraid.
Family and Friends
Chances are your family and friends will cope better if they are told the truth. Patients sometimes try to protect their loved ones by pretending everything is alright. If loved ones are aware of your diagnosis they can better respond to your need for understanding.
You may have unexpected feelings about your diagnosis such as sadness, grief, denial or anger. These are normal reactions to being ill. Loved ones are also trying to cope with the diagnosis and may have the same feelings.
If you live alone, there are things you can do to be with others. You may want to join a support group to talk with others who are living with cancer.
Your friends may not know what to do or say. They may be afraid they will upset you or your family by saying the wrong thing. You can help to put them at ease by letting them know how you feel.”
Innovative program aids older adults with mild memory loss
By Tony Dearing, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
April 24, 2017
“Two days a week, Jennie Dorris raises her baton to help an unlikely group of musicians melodize their way to better brain health.
Few of her students have previous musical training. Their concern is more medical. They’ve been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, and the marimba lessons she leads on Mondays and Fridays are part of an innovative wellness program designed to help slow their memory loss.
Research has shown music can be instrumental (pun intended) in keeping our mind sharp as we age.
So when scientists at the University of Pittsburgh set out to create a program aimed specifically at people with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), the idea of including a marimba class struck the right chord.
‘We chose these types of instruments because they are very visual, and you can sort of feel like you’re playing a game while you’re learning a melody,’ Dorris says. ‘This is a really unique way to connect with people who want to work on their memory.'”
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Older Americans Month
April 28, 2017
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
“Older Americans are our Nation’s memory. Some of today’s grandparents and great-grandparents were born during the Great Depression, lived through the Second World War, witnessed the rise and fall of Communism, fought in Korea and Vietnam, marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., and watched the first man walk on the Moon. Now, they surf the internet and share family photos on their phones in a world that is richer and freer than the one into which they were born. Listening to the stories of our older citizens allows younger Americans to appreciate the country they inherited and gain the wisdom necessary to make it even better for their children and grandchildren.
Road Scholar Learning Adventures Combine Camaraderie and Discovery
March 29, 2017
“Each year thousands of baby boomers take to the roads, cities, countryside and waterways to explore and learn with Road Scholar. From learning about Puebloan rock art in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park to exploring Diocletian’s Palace in Split while sailing Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, nearly a quarter of Road Scholars are venturing out on their own to experience learning adventures in all 50 states and 150 countries worldwide. Road Scholar makes these robust learning adventures exciting and comfortable by taking care of all the details and creating a community in which traveling solo doesn’t mean traveling on your own. Women, in particular, are venturing out as solo travelers, seeking challenging and rewarding experiences as opportunities for learning and growth. (Watch a video about solo travel for women.)
‘Many solo female travelers, in particular, choose to go with Road Scholar because they feel they’re part of a close group on our educational travel programs,’ says JoAnn Bell, senior vice president of programs at Road Scholar. ‘Our adventures offer unique opportunities for people to engage both intellectually and socially while exploring and learning new things, all in a comfortable, safe environment.’
Jill Swaim of Carlsbad, Calif., started traveling on her own with Road Scholar several years ago — by happenstance. Originally, she and a friend planned a learning adventure in New Orleans, but the friend had to cancel at the last minute. Jill went anyway and soon discovered that traveling solo would be more than just OK.”
Road Scholar is the nation’s largest educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. This not-for-profit educational organization offers 5,500 extraordinary learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Check out their blog at blog.roadscholar.org.
Donna, a neighbor and new friend of mine, sent me the following story via text message after I was fretting about not getting to spend time with my family as I would like for various reasons…
“Many years ago, a newlywed young man was sitting on a couch on a hot, humid day, sipping frozen juice during a visit to his father.
As he talked about adult life, marriage, responsibilities, and obligations, the father thoughtfully stirred the ice cubes in his glass and cast a clear, sober look on his son. ‘Never forget your friends,’ he advised, ‘they will become more important as you get older.’