Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Moving from one place to another is an involved process that may take a lot of time and cause a lot of stress. One way I help reduce your stress is to show you how to declutter your home well before you actually move. I have several techniques and tips to help you declutter - a few of them include:
Give away one item each day. If you simply plan and give away just one item a day and take a year to do it you will have gotten rid of over 350 items. No small feat and it goes a long way to simplifying your life and your move.
I have a pretty neat job. I am the Peer-less Reviewer, or General Editor, for an online homeschool resource center. That means I review hundreds of lessons in every subject at every grade level. I get paid to do two of my favorite things: learn, and correct others’ mistakes. My penchant for critiquing prompted one pastor to jokingly say I had the “gift of discernment” (1 Corinthians 12:10). Next to theology, my favorite subject is astronomy. In reality, they are linked, as are all fields of study, because one’s understanding and application of any subject is governed by one’s view of God. I love that indescribable feeling of awe you get when you look at the moon and stars at night (unless that means you are an insomniac!). At work, I get to watch videos and read descriptions of the stars that were unimaginable decades ago.
When we get older things change. We look different, and we feel different. In normal aging our bodies and our brains slow down. We maintain our intelligence, but our brains change. We are less physically and mentally flexible, and we take more time to process information. Our memory changes as well, and it’s more difficult to remember names, places and other things as we age. So what are specific examples of normal, old-age forgetfulness?
PA Shakespeare Festival: The Little Mermaid
June 6 – August 6 In this exciting and newly relevant adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, the little mermaid Pearl dreams of the world above.
2755 Station Avenue pashakespeare.org
Kutztown Folk Festival
This nine-day event draws visitors from all over the world, entertaining families while providing valuable insight into the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their fascinating way of life. See 200 juried folk artists and traditional American craftsmen demonstrating and selling their unique creations.
What happens when a dozen ladies and gentlemen get together to “Sit N Sew?” About five dozen Fidget Quilts, two large trash bags of neck rolls and two plastic sleeping bag mats – that’s what!! Participants at the Easton Area Lifestyle Campus (EALC) in Forks Township, part of the Northampton County Area Agency on Aging’s network of Senior Centers, have been hand-crafting items for their community members since November 2015. It all started with an idea from Deb Mertz, Director of EALC. “I wanted to find a fun and meaningful activity for the participants and came across a pattern for Fidget Quilts and it just grew from there”, said Deb.
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.