Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Story of Two Men

It will take just 37 seconds to read this and
change your thinking..

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same
hospital room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an
hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from
his lungs.

His bed was next to the room’s only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on
his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their
homes, their jobs, their involvement in the
military service, where they had been on
vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the
window could sit up, he would pass the time by
describing to his roommate all the things he could
see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those
one hour periods where his world would be
broadened and enlivened by all the activity and
colour of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.Ducks and swans played on the water while
children sailed their model boats. Young lovers
walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour
and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen
in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in
exquisite details, the man on the other side of
the room would close his eyes and imagine this
picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window
described a parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band –
he could see it in his mind’s eye as the
gentleman by the window portrayed it with
descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.
One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring
water for their baths only to find the lifeless body
of the man by the window, who had died
peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital
attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man
asked if he could be moved next to the window.
The nurse was happy to make the switch, and
after making sure he was comfortable, she left
him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one
elbow to take his first look at the real world
outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window
besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have
compelled his deceased roommate who had
described such wonderful things outside this
window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and
could not even see the wall.

She said, ‘Perhaps he just wanted to encourage
you.’

Epilogue:
There is tremendous happiness in making others
happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness
when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things
you have that money can’t buy.
‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The
Present .’

The origin of this letter is unknown.

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Exercise Helps Keep Hearts Young & Happy

Polk Senior Games Include a Heap of Heart-Healthy Activities

by MARY TOOTHMAN

Introducing or stepping-up regular exercise programs can result in dramatic improvements to the lives of the 65 and older population— and the emphasis on heart health this month offers an ideal opportunity to spread the word.

In a 2010 Center for Disease Control study, more than 30 percent of those 65 and older indicated no leisure time physical activity in their leisure-time they need it.

And locally, the upcoming Polk Senior Games will soon offer lots of ways older people can participate in heart-friendly activities.

Polk Senior Games offers an annual series of competitive athletic and recreational events for men and women 50 years and over. There’s something for just about everyone— from the highly competitive to the just-having-fun participant. People who are physically challenged can find a niche as well.

Many of the categories included in the games match recommendations made by the American Heart Association (AHA) on how seniors can stay fit.

Polk County residency is not required to participate in the games, which include archery, bag toss, basketball shooting, billiards, bowling, bridge, checkers, fishing, fly casting, golf, horseshoes, and lawn bowling.

On its heart.org site, the AHA cites many of the benefits of physical activity for seniors. Examples include increase of muscle strength, improvement of balance and coordination, improved quality of life, and reduced incidences of coronary heart disease.

Studies have shown that increased levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, hypertension, non-insulin dependent Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, depression, and anxiety.

Many people who participate in the annual games event are already on top of the benefits of exercise.

This year’s Polk Senior Games— marking the event’s 26th year— will be held Feb. 24 through March 12 at various locations throughout Polk County. Registration began the first week of January. Entries must be received by Feb. 9— there are no late or onsite registrations.

Entry fees are $10 for the first event and $3 for each additional event— up to a maximum of $28. There are additional fees for bowling, golf, archery, shooting, and team sports. All participants will receive a PSG t-shirt. General sponsorships and volunteers make it possible for the event to be held.

The games qualify participants to advance to the annual Florida Senior Games— leading up to the biannual National Senior Games.

The Polk Senior Games event was founded in 1992 by Nancy Thornberry of Lakeland. There were 777 participants that year. By 2013, nearly 2,500 people participated.

Participants, family, and friends are invited to attend the closing celebration at the Youkey Theatre and the RP Funding Center on March 12. Admission and parking are free. The health fair starts at 12:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 2 p.m.

PSG is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization managed by a salaried executive director and a volunteer board of directors. For detailed information about the games, go to polkseniorgames.org.