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By Jo Ellen Dale
At the regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club July 16, the program was given by Emily Roper-Parsons, MS, LPC of Tri-County Mental Health Services. Her talk basically addressed sleep disorders and depression. She also distributed handouts for self study, “Abbreviated Self-Report Measures of Sleep Habits and Lifestyle Regularity Sleep Timing.” She said that sleep habits depend on the individual and may change as a person ages. She talked about our internal clocks and an interesting list of things that characterize depression. She also gave out a page of resources for help. Very interesting program.
Friday I again joined the Rotary Club for the program. Debbie Hockemeier, deputy public administrator for Ray County, told us about how her job encompasses the elderly, developmentally disabled or any one else unable to care for him or herself. She said the public administrator’s office provides an environment that is condusive to health, dignity, security, hope and works to keep the individuals they oversee in the least restrictive environment possible. The office is responsible for a large area and manages estates as complex as large landowners to people with no assets. After her remarks, she opened the floor to questions that elicited some interesting and amusing answers, including one (“At what age is one considered elderly?”) that certainly got a laugh from me. During the business portion of the meeting, a new member, Brad Richey, was inducted into the club. Also, awards from the Reverse Raffle were presented.
Saturday, family and friends of Wilma Carter gathered at the 19th Hole to help her celebrate her 90th birthday. A card shower for her was also requested. I am sure the event made for a great birthday for her. Wilma, I am not far behind you. Happy Birthday!
I know I try to report only happy things, but I do have a pet peeve. I have my phone numbers both land line and cell on every no-call list that I can find but I still receive annoying calls, most of which are automated. Friends have told me that they have the same problem and that reporting them has done little or nothing to solve the problem. It is doubly annoying that on my cell phone I have to pay for the call.
Monday was rather a hard day for me as it would have been my late son’s birthday. I was glad to have a busy day ahead of me leaving little time for feeling sad. I volunteer at the hospital front desk and had breakfast at a table with friends who were laughing and joking. I have heard that laughter is the best medicine and I believe it. I also had lunch there as always. As I have said before the food is delicious and the price is right.
It looks promising for a little more rain this week and I hope the prediction is right because my yard is turning an unattractive brown.
Try to stay cool and send me your news, DaleDbdale@aol.com