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Chapter 2018

Connie Michaelis, Lifestyle Consultant at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Support

What will your 2018 chapter be? Are you planning ahead for a great year? I like to think of life as a book, each year is a chapter with a beginning, middle, and end. You never know the full picture until the year ends. Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of ‘When Bad Things Happen to Good People’ said, “I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.” Much like our lives, knowing the end of the book would spoil everything. When a person arrives at 70, 80, 90 years of age one might think the book is finished, but there is a good chance the best chapters are yet to come. Research does confirm that the older we are, the happier and more content we become! Even if it has been a particularly difficult year, we have the opportunity to start fresh. Erma Bombeck said at her age if the book didn’t grab her attention in 30 pages, she would toss aside and start a new one!

Julia Childs didn’t make her first soufflé until she was in her 50s, and then was on television for decades. Colonel Sanders didn’t franchise his famous chicken until he was almost 70 years old. Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of ‘Little House on the Prairie’, was 76 when her books finally hit the shelves. Grandma Moses didn’t paint her first picture until she was in her 80s. Betty White is having a birthday this month, and she is a very active 96-year-old! Recently someone started a rumor that Betty had died. She said, “No, I didn’t die, I dyed!” And remember George Burns at 100, he said he couldn’t die because he was booked! At The Piper we are in the business of encouraging and supporting our residents to plan and execute a great 2018 chapter. Give us a call at 913.400.7006, and we’ll talk about your new chapter.