80-Odd Years of Happy

For today’s blog…we just wanted to share an adorable video we found on YouTube. It’s not really meant to explain or demonstrate anything other than putting a large smile on your face. Go out there and be...

Per Diem Memorial Day Tribute

    Happy Memorial Day! We would love to take this time and show our thanks and dedication to the men, women and animals serving our country to ensure our freedom and protection.   Freedom Is Not Free – Kelly Strong I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, and then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom isn’t free.I heard the sound of TAPS one night, When everything was still I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That TAPS had meant “Amen,” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom isn’t...

Would You Like To See 100? Part. 2

100 years is a great accomplishment and we wanted to celebrate a few centenarians with some articles we have discovered while searching the internet. 100 Year Old BFFs PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – A Southwest Florida man celebrated a milestone birthday while checking off a bucket list item. Ervin Yoas took his first helicopter lesson at the age of 100 Tuesday at the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda. Read More Here: http://www.wptv.com/news/state/ervin-yoas-florida-man-celebrates-milestone-birthday-with-helicopter-lesson   Even Dodge has jumped on the 100- year bandwagon. How a 100-year-old great-grandma stays in shape   Elizabeth “Nan” Smith turned 100 years young Saturday and if that’s not amazing in itself, she has been inspiring those who meet her — young and old — with her years-long dedication to exercising.Nan joined NYSC Garden city at the age of 89 after learning about the senior-tailored fitness program Silver Sneakers from her insurance company. Read...

Where do you find your inspiration?

            Do you have a quote you like to live by?  Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert Frost I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. –Bill Cosby Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates   Your time is...

15 Superhuman Feats Performed by Senior Citizens

They say age is just a number, but what do you think? While scrolling the internet, we found this amazing post from Silver Cross Healthcare and couldn’t help but share. 1. Tatyana Fomina Superhuman feats are usually associated with guys in spandex packing muscles the size of mountains. Not so if you find yourself in Ulyanovsk, a Russian town home to the strongest 60-year-old woman in the world. Tatyana Fomina has lifted as much as 200 kilograms (about 440 pounds). No word on what type of lift that personal best encompassed, but she was 60 years old when she did it in 2007, according to a YouTube post from Russia Today, so we’ll file this away under, “Doesn’t matter, it’s enough.” Fomina didn’t start powerlifting until she was 48 years old. Source 2. Charles Atlas Charles Atlas, or Angelo Siciliano, started his fitness career at a much younger age than Tatyana Fomina, and becoming a senior citizen did little to slow his progress. In his heyday, Atlas could perform a one hand overhead dumbbell press of anywhere from 236 to 266 pounds (reports vary). Atlas referred to his younger self as a 97-pound weakling. Through a personal training regimen (that you’ll probably remember if you used to read comic books), he grew into the strongman the world would come to know. Atlas died of heart failure in 1972 at age 80, but according to FindAGrave, the muscleman continued working out at the New York City Athletic Club right up until his death. In fact, the day he died he’d just finished his daily jog. Heart problems ran in Atlas’ family, and...

Per Diem Makes the Holidays Warmer for Two Kindergarten Classes

Per Diem In Home Nurse Staffing Sends Monetary Donation to Local Elementary School This winter Per Diem Nurse Staffing (PDNS) has chosen to sponsor two kindergarten classes at Chase STEM Academy by making a $1,800 donation. Occurring over the past few months, PDNS owner, Brenda Michalski has been sending monetary donations to the teachers of the two kindergarten classes to make this winter a warmer, happier place for the students. The entire donation will be used directly on the two classes of kindergarteners at the academy. Room teachers at the school are in charge of purchasing items such as sweaters, hats, mittens and a holiday toy for each student. Beginning in 2011, PDNS wanted to donate a present to the children. Much to their surprise, most of the students asked for items such as coats, shoes, hats and other items to keep them warm. “Making this donation is just our way of giving back to the community,” says Per Diem Owner, Brenda Michalski. “ We pick organizations that don’t receive a lot of attention and we help them out; we also love receiving the thank- you letters and pictures from the students after they receive their presents. Helping others who can’t help themselves is what we do on a daily basis; why wouldn’t we apply that philosophy outside of the office?” Brenda and PDNS have several organizations they have supported throughout the years. Businesses such as the Waterville Chamber of Commerce, The Anne Grady Center, Chase STEM academy and a local youth softball...