In the spring of 2008 two of my sons and I started Visiting Angels of Central Georgia. We are part of an international network of locally owned and operated offices dedicated to providing living assistance to seniors in the comfort of their own homes. It was a bit of a rocky beginning; I had to leave my wife working at her job in Hilton Head while I “camped out” with two of my sons in a house with no furniture for the summer. But here we are now, 11 years later, having already served seniors with about 800,000 hours of service! And it all started with one phone call.
I got the idea for this column sometime during that first summer while I was studying to become a CSA or Certified Senior Advisor. I thought that it might be a benefit to readers to share the information I was expected to know from a daunting book bigger than a Sears-Roebuck catalogue. I went to pitch the idea to the then editor of the Houston Home Journal and hardly put the idea on the table before he said “YES”! It seems he was going through some tough senior-related issues with his father at the time. The first All About Seniors column appeared in the Nov 1, 2008 issue of the HHJ in a piece titled “A column aimed at helping seniors”.
The original intent of the column was “Soft marketing” to seniors but it quickly evolved to much more, especially after watching the movie, “Marley and Me”, a hilarious movie about a dog-loving newspaper columnist. Worth watching if you haven’t already seen it. Now, each week before I sit down to compose a column, I pray about it and ask God for help in writing a column that is
- Relevant to seniors
- Entertaining, and
While I might not always hit on all five of those objectives every week, that is at least the goal I strive towards. And I do consider it a great honor to have this weekly platform .
At a recent Visiting Angels business meeting we discussed the idea of hosting an event to celebrate a decade of publishing this column and service to our Middle GA seniors. Trouble is, we’re a year late; it’s already been 11 years! But we didn’t want to wait for another milestone,; who knows at our age, how long we’ll be around?!
So what we came up with is a special “Meet & Greet” event on Friday, Oct. 4th from 5 to 7 PM at the Between Friends Coffee Shop at the intersection of Hwy 96 and Lake Joy Rd. I’ll be there as well as some of our Visiting Angels family to meet and greet as many readers of this column who can make it. We’ll certainly have free coffee and treats for the readers of All About Seniors……thanks for reading it and do plan to join us if you can!
Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org