Monthly Archives: September 2009

In Loving Memory – Mary Holcomb

Mary Holcomb (R) accepts a service award from Contact of Chattanooga for volunteerism

Mary Holcomb (R) accepts a service award from Contact of Chattanooga for volunteerism

Many of you remember Mary Holcomb from her appearance in our Fall 2007 newsletter, describing her valiant struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

We are saddened to report that Mary passed away this past weekend.  We had come to know her well over the years for her poetry, her friendship and her willingness to help us in our advocacy of long term care planning.

Often times, we hear of someone “losing their battle” with a disease upon their passing. We like to think that Mary won her battle. As she stated in our newsletter, “I try to focus on being positive, not dwelling on problems and being grateful for the gifts I have. My poems are meant to encourage others to do the same.”  Mary has achieved her goal of showing grace and strength in the face of adversity, an achievement that flew in the face of her condition.  Well done, Mary Holcomb.

-Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings

Ceremonial Ram's Horn ca. 2001

Ceremonial Ram's Horn ca. 2001

Wishing all of our Jewish friends a sweet and happy new year.  May 5770 bring peace and prosperity to your family.  A Special “shout out” goes to my fellow choir members, Mizpah Academy students, and 5th grade students at the Chattanooga Jewish Congregational Religious school.  Shana Tova!

– Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

2009 She Expo – Downtown Fun!

Talking LTC with the gals at the '09 She Expo

Talking LTC with the gals at the '09 She Expo

I so appreciated the wonderful turnout at the She Expo for Women in July!  I think it’s great for us “local gals” to get together and chat about the topics that matter most.   I truly enjoy getting to inform my friends and neighbors about long term care because nearly everyone I speak with has been or will be affected.

No doubt about it – long term care is a women’s issue.  After a life of caring for others, we want to know that we will be looked after in the manner we deserve.  We also want to know that our spouse’s care will not rob us of our lifestyle or their dignity.
Since women, on average, tend to live longer than men and are more likely to acquire debilitating diseases (such as osteoporosis), we receive the vast majority of long term care dollars.  Also because of our longer lives, we are more likely to be placed in a caregiving role than our male counterparts.

– Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC