The day was June 1, 1963. The first 3x5 index card in “The Little Gray Box” belongs to, Pauline Crume, otherwise known as Polly. To my knowledge and as the story has been told, Polly moved in and slept in the back office to listen for/and answer the switchboard. (Think Ruth Buzzi’s, Ernestine, “One ringy dingy”) The switchboard was a lot of cords that you stuck in the holes and flip a switch to connect the calls.
Language reveals so much about the stereotypes of aging. Intending to express care and concern, professionals sometimes stumble into a pattern of speech called Elderspeak.
A look back at the last year with Alive & Kickin, a Minneapolis-based Senior Services Arts Organization. Michael Matthew Ferrell & Jason James Hansen will share how their Senior Rock & Roll performing group is transforming the challenges of COVID into new opportunities and fighting senior isolation.
Director of Social Services Shannon Clem has worked at Cassia’s Apple Valley Health and Rehabilitation for two years. Colleagues and supervisors say Shannon is an excellent advocate for the residents and is always focused on determining how to meet their needs.
It’s been said “lent is a time of giving something up”. Some folks decided to “give up” steak, chicken or coffee; Some have given up McDonalds, Facebook or Netflix. Some have given up cell phones, Facebook, or texting. Some have given up the ‘snooze’ button, or even control of the TV remote!