Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Everyone has heard of Generals Patton and Eisenhower, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Enola Gay, and Rosie the Riveter. But have you heard of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops? No? Don’t be surprised — up until about 20 years ago, almost no one had heard of the Ghost Army of World War II.
With a force of 1,100 brilliant, creative men, the Ghost Army’s mission was to defraud, disappoint, dupe, deceive, and decoy the enemy.
Today, many of our naton’s old rail beds sit unused and overgrown. A clever organizaton, known as Rails to Trails, has come up with a great plan to preserve history and utlize the space. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonproft organizaton working with communites to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into trails, enhancing the health of America’s environment, economy, neighborhoods and people. Their mission statement is “to create a natonwide network of trails from former rail lines and connectng corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.”
The future of our natural world depends on our children and grand children. Our forests are disappearing and it's important to teach our kids what they can do to preserve our wildlife. LVAS is hosting a class to teach the future generations the importance of bird conservation by counting birds. Scientists depend on this data to keep record of any bird species that may be at risk of becoming endangered or extinct.The bald eagle was once in danger of becoming extinct due to the pesticide DDT.
Over the past few years, professional organizers, home stagers and move managers have come to use the term “rightsizing” in place of the word “downsizing.” Typically they are referring to someone who is moving to a smaller home from a larger one. Rightsizing is much more than a euphemism for downsizing.
One of the more difficult challenges we may face is the time when we realize we have to move one or both parents from their home of many years to a place where they can get help and companionship in some form of assisted living. Even the thought of bringing it up with them can be an emotional roller coaster. This is especially true if their home has been theirs for a long time or where you and your siblings grew up. A place that means so much can be very, very difficult to leave no matter how important it may be.