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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES     edith

BY EDITH SCHAFFER LEDERBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR      

AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER OF BROWARD COUNTY


When we consider the loss of a relative, our sentiments usually are influenced by consideration of the age and physical status of the individual. When the person has attained four score, or more years, expectancy of his or her demise is a constant companion to our lives. However, the pattern not always is sequential, nor anticipated.

During the past twelve-month period, our family was impacted by the suicide of a 32-year young grandnephew, the sudden departure of a chronically ill middle aged niece, the death from Parkinson’s Disease of an adored younger brother, and several other losses of older in-laws. In addition, our sister was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Coping with each of the referenced happenings neither was, nor is acceptable to one who loves deeply and is accustomed to being the resolver of crises rather than a victim who is powerless to undo whatever has become a reality.

Each day’s dawning provides humanity with the opportunity to smile, endeavor to be pleasant, and perform in the optimal manner possible. Alternatives might be to complain, be bored, focus on negatives or take unnecessary but inviting naps.


A famous Roman once said “Carpe Diem,” – Seize the day.’ I prefer to follow this reasoning, as I picture my children and grand striving for, as well as attaining success. I also dream about my goals for the seniors of Broward County, while sensing that nothing is forever, but the road to the future still is open for travel and success. •



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