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July 16, 2013
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Some of my fondest memories of coaching are of those athletes that just played the game for the pure joy of being on a team. I kept kids on basketball teams because they were great team members despite their less than stellar talent. Their attitude made the team better and they were great practice players. They were not under stress to perform at a high level because they knew this was their last level of play. They were not going to play in college. I kept one young man because of his home situation. I figured he needed the security the ball team gave him. He could also play well enough that I could use him in the right situations. He is a successful businessman today, and I would like to think this experience had a lot to do with that. He was “something” on this team which he never was at home. I never did cut a track or cross country athlete, because we had room and being part of a team allowed them to be “something” in school. Without this, they would have just been another student lost in the vastness of another high school class roster. On the team they had a uniform that said they were something unique no matter how insignificant their part was. They stood out in their own small way. One young lady on a cross country team would have been a D student at best, but being on the cross country team she always got A’s and B’s. Cross country kids were honor roll students, so she made herself one just to fit in. These student-athletes were just as special as the all-stars and benefitted by the association of a teammate.

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Family members, caregivers and others interested in Alzheimer’s Disease and/or a related dementia are invited to attend a care and support workshop on Saturdays, July 23 & 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Margaret Mary Hospital’s Auditorium in Batesville. The workshop, What Families Need to Know…When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia, is being offered by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Topics include the various types of diagnoses; stages and treatments of dementia; strategies to cope with daily challenges such as communication and behaviors; information about legal and financial planning including Advance Directives; and identifying community services such as respite and long-term care. Scheduled speakers and their topics are: July 23:  Dr. Kelly Napier, Clinical Psychologist for Dearborn Co. VA, “The Nature and Progression of the Disease;” and Kristin Cooley, Clinical Social Worker for the Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, “Changes in Communication and Behavior.” July 30:  Adrienne Flannery, Elder Law Attorney for Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, Attorneys-at-Law in Lawrenceburg, “Legal Planning for Families”; and Kristin Cooley, Clinical Social Worker for the Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association, “Family Coping Strategies and Community Resources.” The program is free of charge and open to the public. [...]
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