Earlier yesterday, I read about the horrific December 21, 2017 quadruple murders in upstate NY. 36 year old Shanta Myers, her 22 year old partner Brandi Mells, and two of Shanta's children, 5 year old Shanise Myers and 11 year old Jeremiah Myers were butchered in what has been called "an act of savagery" eerily similar to a 2014 quadruple murder that occurred also in upstate NY.
Their bodies were found by the apartment building property manager, as he entered the home per request of family members who had been unable to reach the family by phone.
Myers's oldest son, 15 year old son, Isaiah Smith, was away at a basketball retreat at the time of the murders, and as such is the sole remaining survivor of this former family of five. Prior to the arrest of two suspects, Smith is reported to have said, “I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next."
Even with two suspects now in custody, the fractures in this community's wellness and health seem irreparable. There aren't just the 4 victims that have been heinously murdered-the son Isaish Smith, relatives, and community members, and even the suspects themselves are all victims of the lack of (access to) wellness and the need for early adoption and incorporation of wellness into our healthcare system.
Below is the text of the Facebook comment I posted regarding the murders:
Something about this case is gripping my heart almost to the point of not being able to breathe... like Eric Gardner may have felt in the grips of the chokehold that ended his earthtime. Or perhaps like the last gasps Erica, his 27 year old daughter took before a heart attack (induced by an asthma attack?) last week.
The savagery of the execution of this family shook even the Troy (NY) police that are trained out of necessity to suppress their emotions.
I am a socially conscious and aware pharmacist disenfranchised and currently unemployed due to ageism, and the new gig/share economy of our nation.
Initially I was hurt and pi**ed off, for despite all of the awards and accolades of my career, I could be and was “laid off.” But that was before I realized that Great Spirit has bigger jobs & employment for me.
Almost three years ago, I started doing focus groups, surveys, writing-why does the U.S. spend the most for the least with regard to healthcare? Why is healthcare really sickcare? Just two of many questions/concerns. One of the things I learned is that without (the 8 dimensions of) wellness, health is impossible.
Though “the two defendants in custody” will undoubtedly be prosecuted and properly punished, the lack of wellness in our nation, communities, and individuals is not remedied with punishment of killers who are also victims of the pervasive lack of (access to) wellness, well-being, and health in America.
Shanta, Brandi, Shanise, and Jeremiah have made their untimely transitions-victims of an unnamed battle of inequities and lacks. Isaiah, Shanta’s eldest son and only “survivor” will heal in time-perhaps, but will never be the same.
My hope, moving into 2018, and beyond, is that we can begin to correlate societal ills such as the savagery of the Myers family murders to the lack of wellness (social, emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, financial, spiritual, and physical) in our communities.
While racist hatred is rampant, perhaps more so than in previous generations, we must recognize and work with the many similarities we have in common as people, humans.
Strict separatism hasn’t worked and it will not work-ever, because solutions will only come from a place of love and unity.
-slej/There’s A Pharmacist In The House
"It’s everybody’s problem, you know. Don’t wait for it to hit home like we did," he said. "We can reach out to everybody and try to get people to understand that this is an 'us' thing. We have to tackle this thing together and figure out what the disconnect is."
Well. This just in-perhaps, there is an option growing for baby boomers displaced through ageism or by retirement No matter-reinvention by returning to college via an advanced career initiative fellowship has taken root at the the University of Minnesota’s Advanced Careers initiative. And there are more programs growing according to Baby Boomers Looking for Reinvention Try College—Again.
“There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day and we need them; we can’t let them just be on the sidelines.”
(Let's Do It Again , written by Curtis Mayfield and performed first by the Staple Singers in 1975, was part of the soundtrack for the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, Let's Do It Again.)
Stanford Opens School For Retirees Who Don't Think A Career Ends At 50
Advanced Leadership (Harvard)
5 Popular Second Careers for Baby Boomers
Phyllis E. Moen, Sociology, UMN
Phillip Pizzo,MD | Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute
“Since the 11th century, universities have focused on young people. Now, with longevity being what it is, we need to expand the role to lifelong learning and intergenerational learning and teaching.”
Takeaway: Advanced Career Initiatives/fellowships may be the answer for baby boomers to reinvent or start a new career. This sector of 55+ folks have been traditionally marginalized and cast aside. Though the price point may be an issue, it's worth a look, particularly if income and family aren't issues of first concern. #socialwellness #emotionalwellness #intergenerationalteachingandlearning #advancedcareerinitiatives
Sharing a Facebook post. Of the eight dimensions of wellness, financial wellness is high in importance but due to lack of financial intelligence, perhaps even savvy? (and other factors, of course, like the current gig/share economy) financial wellness isn't always sustained.
We've all heard it-there's no such thing as a parenting manual, so sometimes there is no precedent.
Not wanting to cut off their grown but dependent children, the parents in this NY Times article faced a major decision about whether to cut their kids off financially (paying their cell phone, car, insurance, etc.) or continue to bank them.
I share my own experience from the time that I graduated from pharmacy school. Things have changed greatly in 30 years, but one thing does remain the same, we have to teach kids fiscal responsibility--their financial wellness, and subsequent health, depends on it.
Admittedly, the bright but crisp weather here in Pennsylvania called out for a long morning walk and some antiquing-but not before a quick review of the day's media highlights and lowbeams. For it is especially now during the December fortnight of holidays and celebrations that marketers of purported health and wellness wares are lurking in the daylight trying to grab all or a large portion of your holiday monetary gifts.
So not too surprisingly, stealthily placed online where 79% of the U. S. shops, Upright's answer to "screen slouch" → Upright Go, was quickly located. The Upright GO Smart Posture Corrector, reminds you to sit up and improve your posture as you plug away at your mobile device for the unreasonably and ridiculously priced $99 ($79 with the new year 20% off special)
Screen slouch? Really?
We all have the capacity to be at our monitor straighteners if we just take the stretch and flex breaks.
Posture corrector? Come on now!
The best person to correct posture is the person who isn't maintaining the proper posture.
1. Wellness advocates are more accurately hash tagging this phenomena of painful neck, shoulders, and headache as #techneck to describe the painful condition creeping into our daily existence and showing up at healthcare provider offices.
2. Innovation that is cost efficient, increases the patient's experience, and adds quality to healthcare is desirable and necessary (Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI] Triple Aim) so cool beans for your "innovation" Upright; however, the concern, therefore, is one of ethics.
3. You see, device and dedicated app, particularly to $100/pop are completely unnecessary. Behavioral modifications (see #4 below) are all that are needed to PREVENT #techneck #screenslouch #textneck #thenewcarpaltunnelsyndrome #screenslump
4. Taking frequent and quick breaks (at least hourly) from staring at the computer screen that many of us leisurely or occupationally are tethered to these days, exercises right at the desk, using a chair with a headrest, keeping chin tucked in instead of poked out while viewing the screen, strategic/ergonomic placement of computer in the workplace, chiropractic checkups, regular massages,etc. all represent more (cost) efficient and therapeutic ways of preventing and treating tech neck.
Remember pain (in the neck) should not be ignored or self-treated without first consulting a certified health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment and prevention suggestions.
Upright is good. But, upstanding is better.
It's not smart that people who can make great contributions to the life of Pennsylvania economically, socially, or however, that they have to hide in the shadows. -Gov. Tom Wolf, D-PA
Reportedly 70% of Pennsylvanians support legislation providing same protections for the LGBT community; yet, Pennsylvania remains the only northeastern U.S. state without a law that protects LGBT community from discrimination despite Gov. Wolf's October 2017 urging of the PA General Assembly to pass bipartisan legislation that extends anti-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals.
Accepting the eight dimensions of wellness as necessary for health, it is readily seen how the LGBT community of PA and other states that still discriminate against LGBTs, effectively impair LGBT basic human rights while contributing, ultimately, to the lack of their wellness.
Yet, NO one has the right to impair another's wellness .
The key to health is wellness.
Gov. Wolf Urges General Assembly to Pass Bill to Protect LGBT Community
Governor Wolf Calls For Vote On Stalled LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections
"This Is The Right Thing For Us To Do" : Gov. Tom Wolf signs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Protection
Pass The PA Fairness Act
House, Senate Committee's Sit on LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
8 Dimensions of Wellness
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