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You Are Never Too Old

In community on June 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

TEXAS CITY, Texas – A 100-year-old Texas City woman graduated from high school on Friday night, a ceremony she says was years in the making.

“It took me 100 years, but I’m finally going to graduate,” said Thelma Dyess, who crossed the stage as honorary graduate during the Texas City High School graduation ceremony.

Dyess, who turned 100 on April 14, was forced to quit school in 8th grade during the Great Depression to help support her family.

“We had none of the extras that most people had,” she said. “We were considered poor.”

Considered poor in a world of poverty, Dyess landed a job as a telephone operator.

“I made $8 a week for six days of work. I thought I was rich, had a little cash,” said Dyess.

She kept the job for 45 years, but all the while she says something was missing.

“I could never say I graduated, and that was a real thorn in my flesh to think I didn’t have that diploma,” Dyess said.

Now, with diploma in hand, Dyess says her learning came not so much from the books, but from the sacrifices made and life lessons learned along the way.

“Oh, I’ve learned lots in life. I don’t know of any lesson that’s bigger than the other, but have regard for other people,” she said.

Just remember, you are never too old to accomplish your dreams. Congrats Thelma!


Risks of Eating Alone

In This & That on June 25, 2011 at 3:14 am

Eating alone isn’t easy but it can be especially difficult for seniors. Your social life may have changed, you may have physical limitations that keep you inside, food may not taste as good as it used to or chewing and digestion may be difficult.

Eating alone can be mentally and physically unhealthy. When we eat alone we usually don’t eat as well as we would with a partner. We are probably used to cooking for someone else or used to having mealtime conversation. Unless we talk to ourselves, this stops when we eat alone.

Many of us end up not eating balanced meals, we fix things that are easy and quick (not necessaryily healthy) or we skip meals altogether. We also eat in front of the TV, this makes us less mindful of what we eat.

Eating improperly leads to a weakened immune system, loss of muscle and bone health and loss of weight. All of these factors can contribute to other issues like risk of falling and breaking bones. Poor nutrition can lead to depression.

Eating alone but eating right takes a conscious effort but nutritious foods will pay dividends in all parts of your life: more energy and feeling better about yourself for starters.

It is important to avoid some of these traps. Make eating special not mindless and routine. Vary your eating location, seniors can eat at a local senior living community or try Meals on Wheels. Eat at a friends or invite family or friends over for dinner. Most importantly, eat healthy!

There is Help Out There

In This & That on June 19, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Did you know there is a program for those individuals without insurance and those that have out of pocket expenses, that offers no interest and/or low interest program plans through CareCredit, which is a financial service of GE Capital. With approved credit, CareCredit offers plans to suit all individual and family budgets, including no money down and payment plans as low as $10 per month. Find out more about this program at http://www.carecredit.com.

Interesting Tidbits

In This & That on June 14, 2011 at 2:19 am

Having trouble with birds nesting in places other than your trees?  Try a rubber snake.  No kidding, it works.  I have over twenty testimonials on using rubber snakes to keep birds from unwanted places.

Social Media Helps Keep in Touch

In This & That on June 12, 2011 at 2:50 am

It is easier than ever to keep in touch with family and friends. We hope that our client’s family and friends will utilize all of the social media connections You’re First LLC has established. In addition to being informative to the public, we hope that our familys will keep up with our blogs, tweets and facebook entries. Comments from family are extremely important and we will share them with our clients. We try hard to keep everyone connected and informed. So let us hear from you, we look forward to the interaction.