Be Prepared


The winter of 2013-14 was unending.  On the upside,   week after week of snow and cold gave us indisputable evidence of the power of preparedness.  Look in this issue for articles and opportunities to learn more about preparedness.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the numerous corporate employees and individuals who donated emergency food and necessities—enough to fill over 100 bags of emergency food stuff which were distributed to homebound seniors this winter. 

We should also be prepared for a possible crisis in another critical area:  our physical health.  Be it an incident that causes an immediate change in our well-being, or the gradual development of a chronic condition, being prepared to face changes and challenges in our physical being can pay huge dividends in our quality of life as we move forward. 

Surrey offers numerous educational programs on being physically prepared. Three of them are:  Walking With Ease from the Arthritis Foundation; Living a Healthy Life (Chronic Disease Self-Management) from Stanford University; and a Matter of Balance. Each of these programs are evidence-based, meaning studies have proven the effectiveness of participating in these classes. 

Prevention comes in many forms and the more we think and plan ahead, the better position we are in as issues arise.  My husband and I were awoken last week by fire alarms at an inn where we were staying in Britain.  We knew the fire escape route, we jumped into clothes at hand, and  I grabbed my purse.  Luckily I had an umbrella in it, but I did not grab my coat. It was raining and about 45 degrees.  Unfortunately we didn’t grab the car keys. If we had them, we could have waited quite comfortably in the car.  Our lesson learned was that in the event of a hotel fire alarm, grab the car keys!  Remembering that one more item would have made a difference.

So, arm yourself with as much thoughtfulness and physical preparation as you can before a situation arises.  You will be in the best position possible to lead a positive life!