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Assisted Living Residents Reflect On The 50th Anniversary Of The JFK Inaugural Speech

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.” The insightful quote delivered by President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural speech fifty years ago on January 20, 1961 seemed as though it was tailor-made to fit the baby boomer generation. Baby boomers have now started thinking about Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities for their retirement. Even though the oldest boomers were only fifteen years old at the time, President Kennedy’s words exuded among other things, optimism, a hallmark of the generation. The birth of some 70+ million baby boomers indeed made history, and may even be the reason why they are in their own right, idealists.

Born in the post World War II era between 1946 and 1964, the generation grew up in a time of prosperity and reform in the U.S. that gave them the advantage of believing they could make a difference in the world. They questioned out dated authority systems and challenged the status quo. Born of parents who suffered through the hardships of the Great Wars and the Depression era, Boomers quickly discovered that life for them had so much more to offer.  Boomers, well educated and widely associated with privilege, affluence and influence. As a group, they are considered the healthiest, most educated and wealthiest generation.

Echoed in the words of JFK, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty,” the boomer generation believes in freedom, at home and abroad. Their beliefs in the importance of individual freedom and choice as Americans spurred the generation into making tremendous contributions to various social change such as the civil rights movement, gay rights movement, feminist movement, right to privacy and rights of the handicapped. Over the last five decades since JFK’s inaugural speech, the generation has come of age and the majority of them have affirmed their commitment to establish and preserve these rights.

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The admiration for President Kennedy extended well beyond a generation of Americans, and never seemed as evident as when I saw his framed photograph on the library bookshelf of a Russian immigrant. The “puposka,” as she liked to call herself, had left communist Russia with her elderly mother a few years after President Kennedy’s assassination. I once asked her about it and she said that, “he was a great leader and his pursuit of liberty was something we continue to strive for as a people.” So many of the inaugural quotes still ring true and hold credence today in our conflicted political climate. Some of the favorites are:

“So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

“To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom — and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

“Divided there is little we can do — for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.”

Many Assisted Living residents fondly reflect on their fallen hero and his principles that still hold strong today. Some Assisted Living Facilities arrange story telling sessions so that children can learn about their residents’ experiences during the times of JFK. The elderly citizens living in Assisted Living Facilities have a bonding experience with the children as they are able to pass on their stories and relive the moments of their life through their stories.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for health care provisions such as Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Hospice Care, Medical Supplies, as well as a variety of Assisted Living New York and Care Homes nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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13th Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus Generates Excitement For Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles Residents

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society have found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars has been pushed back by about a month. According to conjecture, star signs were created some 2,000 years ago by tracking where the sun was in the sky each month. Not to be confused with the science of astronomy, which studies actual planets and stars, the astrologists amongst us concentrate on horoscopes. Horoscopes are determined by the position of the sun on the day you were born and how it lines up with the stars.

“When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces,” noted Parke Kunkle, a member of the group’s board, especially now because of the gravitational pull. A 13th constellation, Ophiuchus, has been added to the Zodiac calendar and most of the dates for the “signs” we’ve so long associated with our birthdates, have, according to the Minnesota Planetarium Society changed. This has generated excitement and quite a bit of hype for Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles residents and those in other parts of the nation. Whether or not people believe that Zodiac signs really determine personality traits, the interest generated among my colleagues upon hearing my article topic, confirms that  many people not only know their astrological sign, but they identify with many of the attributes.

Yikes, does this means the latent, fiery temperament and radiant warmth of a Leo may be extinguished?  That the lion will no longer attract people because of their frank, open, honest and endearing likeability? The change may leave the optimistic, intellectual, straightforward, freedom loving Sagittarius rigid and restless. The archer may find him or herself unable to hit the bull’s-eye and become disillusioned. The earth’s newly discovered skew could actually be good news for the former conflicted Pisces fish. No longer will they suffer the internal struggles of their souls eternally swimming against the current in opposite directions.

All kidding aside, this celestial shift and addition of Ophiuchus in the zodiac calendar could cause an identity crisis for some people. The many seniors who rely on astrologers to reveal what their futures hold could become victims of greed. Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles staff have informed their residents of possible scams and fraud situations that could arise due to the Ophiuchus hype. Plenty of seniors have been victim to zodiac hotline fraud cases. Unsuspecting seniors call these hotline numbers to get their fortunes told while their credit cards are charged exhorbitant fees. In order to prevent such cases many Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles have security measures put in place so that they can monitor and supervise their residents to prevent them from being swindled.

Ophiuchus - Serpent Holder by *ZackFairRules on deviantART

There is no evidence indicating there is a mystical cure for this insatiable thirst to know future events. No astrologer contemplating the distribution of the heavenly bodies, no shaman pondering the configuration of chicken innards, no fortuneteller examining the topography of a client’s palm can do more than guess at tomorrow’s contents. Still there is a large segment of our society, which believe that our lives are ordered by the stars, the gods, the fates or perhaps other people with occult powers. Every spring the Chamber of Commerce in a small community on the outskirts of Chicago sponsors a “Fortunetelling Day” at a local shopping mall. They invite tellers to perform and set up booths for them, then bus in senior citizens for a day of shopping and fun.

The fortune tellers charge five dollars a reading and each earns several hundred dollars for their day’s work. When a bunco detective suggested that the event be discontinued because of the probability that the tellers were inviting exploitable clients to visit their fortunetelling parlors and then fleecing them, his recommendation was rejected. “Fortunetelling is legal in that community,” he was reminded. Not only that, but “Fortunetelling Day” is one of the most popular events of the year. Fortunetelling and astrology continues to hold fascination for many, with the attitude that, “I don’t necessarily believe in it, but what can it hurt?”

Well, actually plenty. One mother and daughter fortune telling team of East Peoria, Illinois, are still free and are assumed to be somewhere in Europe. They were charged with swindling fifteen women out of $600,000. Additional victims are known to the police but those victims refuse to press charges or testify in court. Most were too humiliated and embarrassed at being so gullible. Undoubtedly, there are other, unknown victims who for the same reason will not admit their involvement with the fortunetellers. One of the victims, a widow who agreed to testify, was swindled out of over $200,000 in cash and jewelry. The fortunetellers also got her to buy them a $30,000 Cadillac DeVille. The second largest loser was a woman taken for $180,000. Like the others, most of the victims were elderly although there were several college-educated professional women in their twenties and thirties among the victims.

The moral of the story if you choose to indulge in fortune telling and horoscope reading; be aware that fortunetellers and astrological advocates with smoky voices surrounded by candles, potions, magic balls and charms, may not be the best source to determine if you’ll find happiness, or if you’ll have enough money left at the end of the month to pay your electrical bill. Possibly not.

For hard-core horoscope enthusiasts, the following is the new astrological calendar:

Capricorn: January 20 – February 16
Aquarius:
February 17 – March 11
Pisces:
March 12 – April 18
Aries:
April 19 – May 13
Taurus:
May 14 – June 21
Gemini:
June 22 – July 20
Cancer:
July 21 – August 10
Leo:
August 11 – September 16
Virgo: September 17 – October 30
Libra:
October 31 – November 23
Scorpio: November 24 – November 29
Ophiuchus:
November 30  – December 16 (the new one)
Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20

You can check the new astrological calendar to see if your zodiac sign has shifted and/or if you are now an Ophiuchus. If you think Ophiuchus is a tongue twister it has also been known as Serpentarius.

800Seniors.com is a leading referral system in the Elderly Healthcare industry. We are located on 5400 Atlantis Court, Moorpark, California 93021. 800Seniors.com provides the perfect match between seniors searching for independent accommodations such as Assisted Living Facilities Los Angeles, Care Homes, Skilled Nursing Facilities, as well as a variety of Home Healthcare services nationwide. Take the confusion and hassle out of the search. For more information call 1-800-768-8221, visit http://800seniors.com or fax us your details at (805)517-1623.

About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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