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My 82-Year Old Dad, Fireworks, and the NFL Combine

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 01, 2010

I’m getting prepared for the annual argument with my 82-year old Dad.  Once again he’ll make a play to be the one to light the “monster” roman candle while celebrating this 4th of July. I honestly believe he pictures himself at the NFL combine, running “the 40” for time, in a tee-shirt that identifies his playing position…..”GGP”…..Great Grandpa.  He’ll admit (once again) that although he’s “lost a step”, he’s still  “faster than me running from a Waiter with the dinner bill”.  

Once again I’ll shame him about wanting to “steal a thrill from one of the older kids”.  He’ll mumble under his breath, clearly communicating to me…..”KILL JOY”!.  And I’ll laugh…..even louder than last year….…….  


Our National Anthem – All Four Verses

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Have you given recent thought to the other three powerful verses of our National Anthem? Each is genuinely inspiring poetry.  To us here at Spring Arbor Living, the entire song is particularly meaningful because we have the honored privilege to have so many Veteran war heroes under our care.

Now we’ll make a deal with you.  Find someone with a singing voice (or even someone who simply tries hard), have them learn one of the lesser known verses, and sing it to the Veteran hero of your choice.  If you do that, we’ll supply the tissue.

Below, for your reading pleasure, is our National Anthem in its entirety.    


Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


A Simple Game Sure To Get Everyone Laughing

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 24, 2010

The best gift is simply focused time of the entire family with your senior loved one.  Here's a game the young and old alike will love.  It's called…"What's in Grandma's Handbag".  Everyone sites in a circle or at a table.  The first person to begin (it can be anyone) says, "I looked in Grandma's handbag and I found…insert a word here…..(i.e. an apple).  Then next person says, "I looked in Grandma's handbag and found an apple and a cookie". And so on.  The point is to remember the entire list and then add your own item.  Each time a person forgets an item, the last person wins a prize (a snack, coins, whatever!).  Then the game starts over. 

You'll all die laughing at the things kids imagine within Grandma's handbag.    


Schools Out So Enjoy Summer Fun with Your Senior Loved Ones

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 22, 2010

As you consider how to spend quality summer time with you loved one, don't forget that their activity schedule is available to you 24/7 out on each Spring Arbor and Oaks individual location page.  Simply click "Our Locations", choose your loved one's specific residence page, then click the box that says "Click here for the Newsletter and Calendar of Events".  We post new schedules each and every month.

You can almost hear the smile on the other end of the phone when you call and say…"Hey Dad, how about we join you for Bingo on Friday"?


Headaches - A Common Senior Affliction

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 18, 2010

Are you (or a loved one) suffering from recurring headaches? Don't ignore it!  This is something to discuss immediately with your doctor and our licensed Health Professional Support Staff!  Often, there is a logical explanation and simple corrective action for you to take.  Here are three common contributors to recurring headaches:

1) Dehydration-it's hot now, so drink up. 

2) Poor Lighting - Reading by poor light will strain the eyes and can cause headaches.

3) Deteriorating Vision:  Reading with improper correction causes eye and brain strain.  Have your eyes checked once a year to minimize this threat.  In some cases,  multiple annual exams might be necessary.  Again, talk to your health care professional periodically about the health of your vision.


Hoorah For Spring Arbor Salisbury - Raised $3400 For "Families of the Wounded"

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We want to throw a big "shout-out" to Salisbury for the efforts of their staff, residents, and "Village Bank" to host a "Memorial Day Cookout" with all proceeds going to the "Families of the Wounded Fund".  The Families of the Wounded Fund, Inc. provides financial resources in support of family members/caregivers of our military service men and women who have been traumatically wounded in combat operations or as the result of line-of-duty activities in support of combat operations.  The severity of the wounds generally requires a family/caregiver to stay in the Richmond area for at least 4-6 weeks.  These emergency stays have resulted in deep financial hardship for those who live far away. The Families of the Wounded Fund, Inc. helps with lodging, meals, childcare, and miscellaneous expenses.  This assistance is available while patients are receiving prescribed medical treatment.

On behalf of our treasured Veterans, both active AND retired, and to the family members of the same, we salute you all. And the same goes to the staff and residents of Spring Arbor Salisbury, and to "Village Bank" as well.  Click here to read more about the event!


Body Knowledge: Vitamin D

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 11, 2010

Our Licensed Health Professionals offer a wealth of knowledge.  This health tip is about "Vitamin D".  "Vitamin D" occurs in  two forms: D2 (produced by plants) and D3 (produced by the human skin).  Both forms help maintain blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.  Recent research suggests Vitamin D may protect against osteoporosis, hypertension, and some forms of cancer.  Just 10-15 minutes of sun exposure during non-peak hours provides the daily recommended intake. If no sun, then fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified milk also do the trick. 


Important Exercise Fitness Tip - Squat, Don't Bend

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 08, 2010

We love to offer simple tips about activities to help improve our residents (and their family's)  overall health and happiness.  Here's a really simple idea.  Do a squat instead of a bend when you need to pick things up.  This act provides for better balance and lessons the likelihood of a fall.  The squat builds leg strength which over time and extends one's range of movement.  Strong legs improve quality of life.  Give it a try.


Follow That Bird

Joseph Coupal - Friday, June 04, 2010

Bird-watching, or simply called "birding" by avid feather-finding fans, is a popular pastime for seniors, and the hobby continues to gain momentum.  What's the big deal?  A recent article in AARP The Magazine suggests that bird-watching provides a great escape.  It offers an opportunity to sit and experience the thrill of the unexpected.  In a  world where we try to modify and control everything, birding is something we can't control.  All Spring Arbor Living locations offer superb birding opportunities.

No birds outside?  No problem.  For a virtual birding experience, log on to AARP's Lifestyle Bird Page to view photos of common and rare species and test your knowledge of different bird calls.  And if your Dad does not have a great set of binoculars, remember, Father's Day is just around the corner.  


History of Father's Day

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Which President established the third Sunday of June to be a permanent national observance of "Father's Day"?  The answer is provided later in this blog.
 
The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.  Soon thereafter, the idea caught fire across the country.

So which President formally established "Father's Day"?  Here's a hint. Father's day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956.  So as you might have guessed, it was……….Richard Nixon???  I bet we tricked some of you into thinking it was Dwight D. Eisenhower.   "Father's Day" was not official until 1972 when President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.  All of us at Spring Arbor Living look forward to celebrating with you this Father's Day.