By Patti Jo Allen
I started working weekends at an assisted living facility (ALF) because I wanted the extra money, and didn’t want to work evenings during the week. The time slot was perfect and I have always liked talking with the elders. I’ve about resolved the cash flow dilemma, but I still love working there.
This is a very upscale ALF. That correlates to very expensive, and some of the residents will remind you of that often, especially when they have a complaint about something. The premises look like a 4 star hotel. When you enter the main lobby there is a sweeping staircase, huge chandelier, and a baby grand piano, all within your first line of sight. It is purposeful and smart; potential residents and their families are impressed. It is pleasing to the eye.
There Read more
”The Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of the United States that stretches from Memphis, Tennessee in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi in the south, Helena, Arkansas in the west to the Yazoo River on the east. The Mississippi Delta area is famous both for its fertile soil and its poverty. Guitar, harmonica and cigar box guitar are the dominant instruments used, with slide guitar (usually on the steel guitar) being a hallmark of the style. The vocal styles range from introspective and soulful to passionate and fiery. Delta blues is also regarded as a regional variation of country blues.”
Why did Erickson Blakney, a native of Ohio and a veteran broadcast Read more
Now we know for sure that people who have been caregivers for one or both of their parents might not talk about it unless someone they know is in the same position. People often feel alone, confused and stressed when caring for a parent with dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s as if they are the only people in the world going through the emotional and physical pain. In truth, they are not alone, but are in the company of any number of people across society.
Within the past two years, I would visit my mother and leave upset and stressed every time. None of us knew what was going on with her at the time. Her outlook on life and other people always seemed to be negative. She had stopped doing regular maintenance on things like the car and the furnace. She was not eating well and some items Read more
I had just been hired to be a Flight Attendant with Delta Airlines. In 1970 though, the job title was still “Stewardess”. In six months, I would be eligible for airline passes or discounts to go anywhere in the world. Since nothing lasts forever, I figured I’d go to Japan and Hong Kong and take my mother. One of the biggest joys about that job was being able to provide my parents with travel benefits. Mom and I took off out of JFK on Pan AM for a total of $63.00 round trip for each one of us.
The Vietnam War was in full force. We stayed four days in Tokyo, picked up some electronics that are laughable today. They are very old fashioned and they still work. I’ll be getting rid of them soon…promise. Then we were on to Hong Kong where we had clothes made and took soldiers to lunch Read more