Elder Care Firm - November 2017

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So Much to Be Grateful For

Growing up as an only child, I didn’t often experience massive Thanksgiving get-togethers. Instead, my parents would always take me to see the Detroit Lions play their annual Thanksgiving Day game. Those games are the source of many cherished childhood memories. Even when the Lions weren’t topping the standings, they always managed to pull off a strong effort for the holiday. I was also lucky enough to attend the games during the Barry Sanders years, and I’ll never forget watching him run. Those cold afternoons at the old Pontiac Silverdome — these were the days before the Lions moved to Ford Field — were always magical.

than going around the table to say what we’re thankful for, we prefer to offer up a reason we have for being positive. In fact, this positive focus (I can’t take credit for coming up with the catchy name) is something we do in my household at every dinner. It’s a small gesture, but it’s a way for us bring a little of that Thanksgiving spirit to all family meals. This year, I have no shortage of things to be positive about. Topping the list is the incredible response to our participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For the second year in a row, the Elder Care team was the top-donating group for the Brighton walk, raising over $10,000 combined. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who donated to help make the walk a success. A special thanks goes out to the Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille for their incredible support. They basically cosponsored the fundraising efforts with us, and their desire to do good in the community is truly inspirational. As a whole, the Brighton Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised over $130,000 to help fund research for preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia. We came in just behind cities much larger than ours, and that’s the result of an incredibly giving community. As I read the final numbers, I was struck by how special the people of our area are. It’s certainly something to feel positive about and thankful for. Of course, I’d be remiss to not thank our incredible clients for all they do all year long. It’s you who make the Elder Care Firm what it is. Working alongside our clients never fails to bring me

“This year, I have no shortage of things to be positive about. Topping the list is the

joy. When we’re going around the dinner table sharing our positive focus, I’ll often bring up a client interaction that moved me during the day. My family might be growing a little tired of it, but the folks we are lucky enough to serve are extraordinary. As you gather around the table this year, I hope you have the chance to enjoy delicious food and create special memories with the people who matter most to you. If you have a cause for celebration and positivity, I urge you to share it with your family. Focusing on the things that bring us happiness enlivens everybody’s spirits. Let me close with one word that you’ll probably hear a lot over the coming weeks: Thanks! – Christopher J. Berry

incredible response to our participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

These days, we spend Thanksgiving with the family. Alternating between my family down the street and my wife’s family has allowed us to establish a fun routine. I have to be totally honest: I’m not a huge turkey fan. The upside is that we’ll often do a roast or steaks for Thanksgiving, and the results are usually pretty delicious.

More than the food, though, I cherish Thanksgiving for the chance to sit down with loved ones. Rather

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