Over the holiday’s I watched the movie, Jeff Who Lives at Home (released in 2012.) The movie was about a late 20’s/early 30’s man who still lives at home with his mother. While the movie had moments of humor and a sentimental message, a particular quote stuck out from it. Jeff had a recurring dream of his late father asking him the question, “Jeff, what is the greatest day in the history in the world?” Before Jeff had time to answer, his father would say, “Today, today is the greatest day in the history of the world.” While watching the movie, I found myself so anxious to hear the answer of what is/was the greatest day in the history of the world. After reflecting on the movie’s answer, I agree that today is the greatest day in the history of the world.
Today, we and the world know more about everything than we did yesterday. Today, we have more experience and confidence to make the world a better place. Today, we all have the ability to make life better for someone else.
How does this movie quote apply to aging issues? Please click the link below to see the graph which shows a shift in demographic trends from the year 1900 all the way through projected trends to the year 2060.
The graph above is fascinating. I have watched it cycle through over and over. We have heard for many years that America is getting older. As a visual learner, this graph clearly tells that story. As we are now in the year 2014, we can see our elderly population is starting to grow very quickly. Of course, this is exciting as it proves medical technology is continuing to advance, giving large groups of people the opportunity to live to an older age. In addition to improvements in medical technology, people in America are having fewer children. Therefore, by a percentage base, the elderly will continue to grow and have an increasing presence in our population for the foreseeable future. However, the explosion of seniors has many in our society worried. From a health care standpoint, many in society are worried that the elderly population will tap far too heavily into our resources, such as health care. In order to mitigate these concerns steps must be taken to provide the elderly population opportunities to avoid major health pain and expense.
At Seacrest at Home, we are preventing larger expenses in the form of monetary and pain. Our Home Care Associates work to help keep individuals in the comforts of their own home. Seacrest at Home has nearly 100 Home Care Associates and we are continuing to grow. We are preparing for the coming boom of seniors and are committed to growing our team with individuals that think, today is and will be the greatest day in the history of the world.
Every year I’m always so interested in what the new word of the year is. In 2013 Oxford Dictionaries has deemed “selfie” as word of the year. For those not familiar, a “selfie” refers to a self-portrait taken from a handheld gadget. As we are just a few mere hours away from welcoming in the year 2014, I find it important to reflect on the Seacrest at Home “selfie” and what has been accomplished and what could be improved upon in 2013. In January of 2013, Seacrest at Home began to service our first client. We were so excited to begin servicing this first client; however we remained cautiously optimistic that they would be satisfied and others would follow suit. Today, we are proud to announce that as we wrap up our first year in business, we have eclipsed one hundred clients and 30,000 hours of service! We are so pleased with these numbers! These numbers have far exceeded our initial expectations and prove we are providing reliable and quality care. These numbers also prove that non-medical home care companies can be successful when hiring top quality caregivers and paying them an honest living wage. We are delighted with our growth. Seacrest at Home started off with just a handful of employees. As of today we have now have employed over eighty Home Care Associates to our Seacrest at Home team.
Our goal is to be the very best non-medical home care company in the San Diego County. We rely on your feedback to continue to make our care more comfortable. We strive to take a subjective look at our own “selfie.” In 2014, we look to continue to provide and improve upon our quality of service, outreach to community and matching you or your loved one with the most qualified individual in order to meet your needs and exceed expectations.
We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year and wanted thank all of our incredible Home Care Associates as well as our clients and their families for putting your trust with us.
Earlier this week, I heard a radio story about a San Diego woman that recently turned 108 years old. The woman’s name is Laura Simon. I was captivated to hear her story and of course her “secret” to living healthy and happily, well past the century mark. I was envisioning a combination of lifelong healthy eating (I pictured lots of kale) and an intense exercise regimen. She may have done these, but in her interview she does not mention this. If you would like more information on her story, please see the link attached below.
Being that this week is Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to tie in Laura Simon’s amazing story to why being thankful and practicing genuine gratitude might increase one’s chances of living a long and fulfilled life too. There are many published studies which show a correlation between health and happiness. This seems so easy then. To live a long and healthy life, we should all just be happy. But how do we get happy? I’m sure Amazon could gladly recommend over a hundred books on how to do so. If reading is not your thing, then perhaps one could ask society, “How can I be happy?” Society often tells us that our happiness lies within one’s status, image and/or material possessions. Although, many experts claim society’s notion of happiness is not correct. The experts in the field of happiness claim that being thankful and practicing gratitude are the most important factors in one’s overall happiness. When I heard the connection between genuine gratitude and happiness I thought of all the people I had met that were at least one hundred years old. The ten or so names that came to mind all had an amazing outlook and ability to be grateful for life. Although, I have never met Laura Simon, she seems to be an incredibly grateful and happy person. Her story has inspired me this week to reflect and reevaluate how I express my own personal gratitude. I hope you are inspired too!
Seacrest at Home is tremendously grateful to our clients and their families who place trust in our care. Also, to our Home Care Associates, your care and compassion is often above and beyond and we are all incredibly impressed.
Seacrest at Home wishes everyone a healthy, happy and grateful Thanksgiving. For more tips on why and how to practice gratitude, please see an addition video link from the TED organization.