Not so long ago, retirement was a period in life that most Americans could count on and look forward to. After working for 30, 40 or 50 years, both men and women eagerly anticipated receiving a pension, having a clear calendar, avoiding the morning rush, and hitting the early bird specials. Retirement was supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, slowing down and taking life easy.
“My first Valentine’s Day with my fiancé was amazing. That January, I looked for a puppy online and found a little Chihuahua I loved. My fiancé said he’d call and talk to the breeder for me. Later, he called to tell me the puppy had been sold. I was crushed. On the day before Valentine’s Day, I walked into his apartment and found a card waiting for me. As I was reading it, out of the corner of my eye, I saw this tiny little dog run past me with several bows around his neck. I started squealing as my fiancé said, “Do you recognize him?”
As we grow older, a lifetime of daily choices related to our health tends to catch up with most of us. Choices like diet, exercise, (or lack thereof) and the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol can contribute to the development of diseases and other health conditions.
Sometimes it is hard to believe that Carol Burnett has been in show business for more than 5 decades. To say that she is an American icon is an understatement.
Carol Burnett is known for her comic genius but she has shown talent in stage, TV and film.
Carol was born in San Antonio, Texas, on April 26, 1933, where she was born to Jodie and Louise Burnett, both of whom suffered from acute alcoholism. Her story is well known as she has shared her life story with her audiences.
Even the savviest health care consumer can find navigating an unplanned hospital visit daunting. This is even more true when the patient involved has some level of age-related impairment such as vision, hearing or mental decline. Recognizing that the typical emergency department does not address the particular needs of older adults, some hospitals have developed special programs.
The Cab Ride (Anonymous)
Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.
When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away.
But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.