EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook

A new post was just added to the EmpowermentCoachnet Page on Facebook.  Rather than repeat the entire post, I’ll summarize it a little. Empowerment is something we’d like to see and lots of people around the world have been disempowered for a long time.  One of the tragedies of disempowerment is what happens to senior citizens, many of whom are very well educated, have been pillars of their community, active, making a positive difference for everyone they contact.  As they age and as their bodies and mental processes slow down, they become disempowered–sometimes suddenly, sometimes gradually.  In their disempowered state their quality of life starts to decline as well.

We can make a difference for them.  The post goes into more detail and there is a workshop available that can help caregivers, families, and others who need to be empowering (teachers, medical staff) to learn to help themselves and, by extension, to help others.

Look at the post for more detail.   Joel Montgomery

Changing Daily Snapshots–Life in Perspective

Today was very interesting.  I started the morning watering flowers at a friend’s house while she is on a trip.  Then I was able to do an hour of water aerobics.   I did a little work on the computer, then drove to a job interview where I could think about strengths, weaknesses, and what I like to do when working.

The interview was finished just in time for me to pick-up my 99-year-old Mom to an appointment with her podiatrist.  When I got to her assisted living apartment, she was sound asleep and wouldn’t wake-up easily.  I’ve been through this before with other doctor visits and I went the most streamlined way today–I called the doctor and switched her appointment for a day early next month, then I left her to sleep.

I went home and got on the computer, adjusting the voice mails on some magicJack telephones.  Along the way I found a message from one of my Internet hosting companies about the need to upgrade my account to a more robust server.  I had been wanting to speak to someone about this for some time, so his call was well timed.  (I’ll speak with him tommorow after I attend a volunteer orientation at Delnor Hospital, the local hospital in Geneva, Illinois.

When I finished that call, I went back to visit Mom at her Assisted Living unit–arriving around dinner time. Mom is very accomplished.  She earned her master’s degree in residual neuromuscular programming and was an educator for more than 33 years.  When she retired from education, she was a realtor for 14 years before moving to a continuous care retirement community in Illinois with my Dad.  Today, when she woke-up, she felt that she couldn’t do anything.  (Temporary snapshot)–Today she couldn’t read or listen to a book being read to her. She was having a problem eating–she has 9 of her own teeth left and needs a new lower partial.  She is able to eat M&Ms just fine.

Snapshots change from day to day.  This was not one of Mom’s best days and it wasn’t too bad.  My day evolved and, at the same time, I found myself working on several areas I had planned to work.  Each day is full of surprises and the snapshots don’t stay the same.