Family history just isn’t complete without describing meaningful occasions. Most of us use photo albums, but a memoir of the event preserves a highly personal description capturing elements that perhaps won’t be remembered by those thumbing through albums in future years. Despite “gratitude” expressed at every departure and arrival these days, not so many U.S. families service careers. We celebrated a young man beginning military service recently and this memoir is my attempt to capture the experience.
Full-time caregivers deserve a medal and may well qualify for sainthood (mostly) but not for benefits. If accepted workplace standards for health and welfare were applied, most would be due a vacation. They are for the most part unpaid, whether volunteers or not. Chances are pretty good that they won’t get that vacation.
We’ve discovered an emerging trend, an aging in place alternative to those elegant and expensive 55+ active adult resort style communities springing up across the country. Those are, of course, a uniquely capitalistic (sometimes nonprofit) approach to the changing needs of aging but active residents with adequate resources.
Would it surprise you to learn there are other approaches to the problem? We looked for alternatives to the notion that once of a certain age one must go somewhere else or be someone else. Instead of evacuating and leaving homes they have known for years, some seniors advocate for making local changes that will accommodate their needs as well as allow for continued healthy interaction with family, friends and resources. And some communities are listening.