Retirement Sparks Community Pride

Margaret’s Legacy Drives Pharmacy Remodel Today Economy Drug Sports State-of-the-Art Pharmacy In the last post, we learn that as Margaret retires, she leaves the small rural community her legacy, presenting Ely with a store to rival big cities, especially with the state-of-the-art pharmacy. The 68 year old Economy Drug Store need a new face to stay competitive and serving customers best. As the original drug store construction had possible structural concerns, contact was made with Parallel Lines Studio, a design firm in Salt Lake City. The intricate planning was underway with the architecture firm’s ability to do complex retail renovations. Architect owners of Parallel Lines Studio, Thomas Bath and Jenni Dalley, received extensive training in commercial retail renovation by leading Seattle firms. Thomas is committed to designing energy efficient and high performance projects that respond uniquely to the site and surrounding context.   Influenced by contemporary architecture with clean lines and simple forms, Jen is the creative voice behind the studio’s projects.  She spent seven years working at a large commercial firm in Seattle, where she received a fellowship to study her passion: the use of natural light in architecture Remodel Focused on Customer/Pharmacist                                                   Accessibility and Increased Work Space Assessing the changing needs of pharmacy clients and how the pharmacists could best meet these needs were the beginning steps Parallel Lines Studio took in planning the remodeling project. A primary consideration was preserving and improving the manner in which the pharmacist interacts with clients, maintaining the personalized service...

Giving Guarantees Your Life Quality in Healthy Aging

Life in Rural Communities Depends on Quality Businesses for Vital Services Margaret knew she was ready for retirement after 36 years owning and working in the family pharmacy and drug store in Ely, Nevada.  She knew that healthy aging often embodies passing on values. This small rural community depends on the Economy Drug for their care and quality of life, and has actually received  68 years of service from this business. But Margaret wanted to leave one more upgrade for the community as she turned over the store to her pharmacist son, Andy, just as her father had welcomed her into the store in 1978. The pride a business owner has comes with years of building customer appeal and giving excellent service.  But knowing that it is time for a renovation to keep competitive and appealing is a challenge that requires serious thought. Margaret and Andy decided that the time is now, just as Margaret is retiring, and they had an ulterior motive– community pride. Third Generation Family Drug Store Preserves Downtown Community The Economy Drug in Ely, Nevada began with pharmacist Dale Miller (RPh) at the helm from 1946 until his death in 2002.  His daughter Margaret Bath (PharmD) joined the family pharmacy in 1978, retiring in 2014.The newest family pharmacist, Andy Bath, (PharmD) took over in 2012 as managing pharmacist. The need for a new look and pharmacy layout was evident to meet growing demands, increased numbers of customers and the increasing complexity in the science of pharmacy. And there were concerns for the integrity of the building. But, the main reason for deciding on a renovation was the Baths’ strong commitment to the...

Millions of Seniors Look for Valentine’s Mates Online

Seniors Want to End Isolation  Remember when well-meaning friends wanted to introduce you to a “really wonderful man or woman,” because they didn’t want you to be lonely? Or when you shyly ask friends if they knew anyone single they could hook you up with, maybe even develop a relationship with? In those days, Valentine’s Day was going to be another lonely day! Self-esteem took a dive. Quality of Life dropped. Even today, a few of these connections might work; the majority don’t. If you are still thinking those thoughts that your only way to find love is through others, you are out of touch. The entire senior social scramble has been tossed on end, and the internet is your friend! Many of your single friends have overcome fears about computers and the internet and are socializing through their tablet computers or cell phones. And they are finding happiness. Not counting the many other dating sites, Senior Planet reports that Match.com boasts 2.5 million senior members. Get Up to Speed with Online Dating for Seniors Navigating the world of online dating can be intimidating at first, but it’s a lot easier than you think. The Top 10 Senior Dating Sites can direct you on your way to finding your soul mate in no time. The site says “Your profile should be a small window into your lifestyle and personality. Think of it as an advertisement that describes who you are and what you are looking for….Choose recent pictures that are flattering but accurate. The ultimate goal of online dating is meeting in person, so it’s important to make your...

From 50 to 600 Kids Fed!

Community Tackles Quality of Kids’ Lives When children of low income families face a weekend, their quality of life may suffer. Their school source of healthy food comes to a halt. No so in White Pine County, Nevada, where three concerned community members decided to make a difference in these children’s lives. Paula Sims, Red Sims and Margaret Bath learned of programs in other towns that met such hunger needs. That was all it took, a great idea made passionate for their community. St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church where Red Sims is priest began laying the foundation for this community action. The result is the Committee Against Child Hunger.  This community group was formed to provide nutritious “back pack” food supplements to certain White Pine County students for the weekends, giving them a healthy start. From a meager beginning of helping 50 kids to 600 this month, the program grew to a community volunteer effort and is funded by donations. You Get More Than You Can Imagine There is nothing quite like helping others who are in difficulties, especially when they have no control over their circumstances. It can make a retirement blossom! Your personal growth awesome! Sometimes you only need to look beyond your own life to see that so much help is needed and what you have to give is really worthwhile to those in need. CACH is now operated by volunteers and fundraisers in the White Pine community, including support from local businesses like the Robinson Nevada Mining Co. and the White Pine County School District. The backpacks are packed by high school students and distributed weekly. The...

Yes, You May Be Angry–Don’t Ruin Your Life Quality/Health!

Anger Can Destroy Your Quality of Life When the rage hits, it can seem like you are being swallowed by it! As soon as you can begin to think straight, you know that you need to regain control. Anger has a way of taking over your life, your thoughts, your well-being–if you let it. The worst time is when you truly feel wronged, when something happens that would make anyone lose their cool, or so you say to ease your pain. Now is the time to take good “selfish” steps to take care of you by breaking the pattern of anger, regaining emotional control, and stopping obsessive preoccupation with what happened. Yet, it probably seems beyond your ability to gain control in the midst of the storm. This is the time to use all your power to halt negative, replay of events, and turn your energies into saving yourself, in spite of the unfairness, unbelievable events that have stopped you in your tracks! Regaining Control Takes Relentless Attention to Your Thoughts Those of us who are cognitive-behavioral therapists rely on you rediscovering the power of your thinking, and we work to focus you on “coming to your senses,” quite literally. Somewhere in your inner wisdom, you know the rage offers no solace, no answer. The quicker you can move from the incessant preoccupation with the circumstance of your rage, the quicker you can move from problem to solution. Take steps to begin using mind-body techniques and controlling tensions. Changing thoughts will require you to be in a mindfulness state; relaxation is a critical step in the process. Time is...