Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What's the Big Deal?

Contribution by Terrance Kirby

I don’t understand what all the fuss is about when it comes to the housing market– our place has totally retained its value. We’ve got a really good friend who’s a realtor and she told us the other day how much she think we could sell it for and it was actually more than we bought the place for only three years ago! I’ve added a lot of things to it, too, like Direct tv and granite countertops and a lot of additional stuff too. I think that helped. But either way I’m just glad to know that we’re not going to lose our shirts on this place like I thought we would and some of our friends have. I love having this home though and I’ve got no intention of selling it because it really fits our lifestyle here and honestly, you can’t really beat the location it’s in. I wish my wife felt the same way but I think I’ll be able to talk her into it if I keep trying my hardest!

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Family Dinner Night Contest

I came across an article a few minutes ago that I think is worthy of sharing with anyone that knows a senior that could use a little company.

Home Instead Senior Care in White Rock, BC is having a recipe contest for local community members. The contest encourages local families to prepare a meal that they share with a senior loved one, then write the recipe and a story about what makes it special to be entered by September 15th into the contest, with winning entries published online and in a cookbook that will be on sale for the 2011 holiday season.

I think it is a wonderful idea that any senior or caregiver support group could implement to encourage spending more family dinner time with seniors and possibly expand on so that someone makes a special dinner for a caregiver and their care recipient, then creates a family story that can be included in a family scrapbook to remember the occasion.

$162,000 grant to help families of returning soldiers

In an effort to help the families of returning soldiers cope with a variety of health issues that can include traumatic brain injury and combat related physical disability, the Johnson & Johnson company has awarded a $162,000 grant to the Rosalynn Carter Institute to assist families in caring for returning veterans.

“Family Caregivers are the VA’s (Veterans Affairs) partners in providing world class health care to Veterans,” said Deborah Amdur, Veterans Affairs’ chief consultant for care management and social work. “We understand the significant sacrifices involved in family caregiving. VA offers a range of caregiver programs and services to ensure that family caregivers have the tools and support they need. 

Established in 1987 at Georgia Southwestern in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Rosalynn Carter Institute Through research, education and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well being of individuals, families and professional caregivers; encourages effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

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