Silver-haired group announces resolutions
Ted Hubert

The Texas Silver- Haired Legislature recently published its 73 resolutions acted on in September.

Resolutions will be presented to the 82nd Texas Legislature asking them to consider, and give specific action. Here are the top 10, in order of priority.

1. Preserve $ 60 per month as the minimum level for the Personal Needs Allowance and provide for annual increases to match the rate of inflation.

2. Mandatory geriatric education to be required in all Texas schools of health care education and studies.

3. Preserve or increase current funding for home-delivered meals. 4. Require 20 percent of continuing education courses in geriatric medicine for a health care professional whose patient population is at least 35 percent medicare recipients.

5. Cap annual property valuation increases to no more than 5 percent per year.

6. Ensure patients or their guardians receive full disclosure when receiving a therapeutic drug substitute.

7. Funds to expand programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

8. Increase state contribution rate to Texas Retired Teachers Pension Fund by .5 percent.

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10. Financial support for the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature.

It’s hard to believe that Americans were terrified by the Y2K predictions 10 years ago.

Traffic would come to a halt because the computers in vehicles were not programmed for 2,000.

Businesses would shut-down because the computers ran the stores, so, much time was spent preparing for the worst.

These alarms were unfounded because none of these predictions came to pass. Time marched on.

No one noticed any change from the day before. Now we look again at the close of one year and the beginning of another.

What mistakes did we make in 2010 that we want to change? What resolves are we prepared to make? Make promises to improve ourselves and break the promise in a short period of time.

Adjustments will make life better next year, if we have the strength to achieve our new goals and resolutions.

The usual and most popular new year resolutions are to stop bad habits. It is easier to stop a bad habit, if you can substitute it with something good.

We must admit, bad habits are difficult to change. Maybe the focus needs to be on keeping and improving on the good things in our lives.

This is the time of year when people take a good look at themselves. Businesses, organizations, and governments would benefit from annual reviews and vow to continue the good and eliminate the bad.

Everyone should plan to make the year 2011 better than 2010. Start thinking about your new year resolutions. Take time to improve your life. A healthier you is a happier you.

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