Council on Aging December Newsletter

Carol Bartlett

The Worthington COA sponsored a Veteran’s Day Potluck Luncheon that fell on Veteran’s Day this year.  The special event began with Worthington native, Carol Bartlett, singing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and a song she wrote for Soldiers called “Soul of a Soldier”.   Following a delicious potluck lunch, Col (Ret.) Shelley Rice gave a presentation on The History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.  Shelley served in the Army Nurse Corps for 30 years. 

The Army Nurse Corps was established by Congress in 1901 as a permanent Corps within the U.S. Army Medical Department under the Army Reorganization Act.  Prior to the formal and legal recognition of nurses within the Army Medical Department, individuals had been providing care to sick and wounded Soldiers as early as 1775.  After the Revolutionary times until the Civil War, the military didn’t have the requirement or need for nurses.  Once the Civil War began with the expanded scope of fighting resulting in large number of casualties’ nurses were once again in high demand.  More than 3,000 females and 500 Male volunteers worked around the clock providing care.  The Spanish-American War in 1898 also required more medical care than initially predicted due to yellow fever, malaria and other tropical diseases.  The nursing professional contributions became the justification for permanent female nurse corps. 

By the time the U.S. entered WWI there were 403 Army Nurses on active duty.  This number swelled to 21,460 serving stateside and 90,000 serving overseas.  The number of Army Nurses built up once again in WWII from 7,000 on active duty in 1941 to more than 57,000 Army nurses in 1945.  On 16 April 1947, Public law established the Army Nurse Corps in the Medical Department of the Regular Army.  It also provided permanent commissioned officer status for nurses.

This Army Nurse Corps presentation shared how Army Nurses have coped with similar challenges and new challenges over the history of the military.  It also depicted numerous accomplishments and contributions of Army Nurses!

Compiled from Army Nurse Corps History-Office of Medical History

Worthington Veterans
Top Row (Left-Right) Norm Stafford, Jim Dodge, Charlie Baker, Bob Spiess, Ryan Neuhauser, Shelley Rice, Peter Martindale, Leonard Beaudry, Ron McBride, Drew Hornickel, Hu Rhodes, Dick Chapman, Ed Pelletier

Nutritious News-

The holidays are here and it’s a time of laughter, family, good cheer and way too much delicious food.  A good strategy to think about is when you’re eating your meals and snacking to incorporate ways to eat more fruits and vegetables every day.  Here are a few ways to accomplish this:

-Chop vegetable sticks to enjoy with healthy dips
-Add fruit to your breakfast by topping lowfat or nonfat yogurt with berries
-Add chopped vegetables like peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach and
tomatoes to scrambled eggs
-Make a fruit smoothie
-Use Guacamole-its heart healthy and delicious
-Make oatmeal and top with nuts, seeds, or dried fruit
-Keep fruit, carrot sticks or pepper strips with you when you are traveling
-Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal and snack
-Add more—extra fruits and vegetables to dishes, even if they already
contain them
-Always stock frozen and canned fruits & veggies for quick meal prep

Compiled from “Have a Plant, Fruits and Veggies for Better Health

Important Dates to Remember:

1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 4th Dec & 18 Dec, 9am
Coffee and Chat at the COA Office, Come Join Us!!

Monday & Fridays, 10-11 am
Healthy Bones and Balance at the Maples

Monday, 9 December at Noon
COA Holiday Luncheon at Comfort Kitchen & Bar
Fully Underwritten by the Rolland Fund

Wednesday, 4 Dec., 10 am-2 pm
Maples Craft Show, Open to public

Month of December
Meaningful Things-Open for Viewing
Maple’s Residents display their favorite items, On display in the Main Common Room

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