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Page 2 Senior Times - January 2021
By: Tim Mitchell, Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
Who is ready to say “see ya later” to 2020 and “hello” to 2021? No one could have predicted the strange and tragic year that we have just complet- ed. But, remembering and learning from the past year, we look optimistically toward the new year that is ahead of us. A year that will hopefully be filled with twelve months of blessing, prosperity, and reunions of families and friends who have experienced the pangs of social isolation due to the historic pandemic of last year.
If 2020 has revealed anything to us, it is that relationships and physical closeness are crucial to a fulfilling life.
personal history.
This historic advice that has been passed down
   from generation to generation over centuries is still important for us to hear today. When we were young, our desire to reflect on the impor- tance of past relationships may not have seemed as great. However, age has a way of teaching us the elements in life that are really significant.
 We eventually learn that the important things in life are not what we have accumu- lated, but who we hold close to us emotionally and relationally.
   If you are old enough you will remember the highlight of New Year’s Eve being listening to Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians per- forming Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of mid- night. This took place for decades, beginning in 1939 until the band leader’s death in 1977. Prior to television, families would gather around the radio to hear this special music as they quietly rang in the new year in their own homes. Many sources credit Lombardo with popularizing the use of the song in the United States during the festive New Year’s Eve celebrations. To this
day, his version of this historic song is played in Times Square every New Year’s Eve immediately following the dropping of the ball.
to the Scots Musical Museum in 1788 with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man."
This lesson has been made very real to us over the past year as older adults, in many cases, have not been able to have contact with their family due to the pandemic. We have all seen videos
of family members standing outside the nursing home room of their parent or grandparent as they peer into the exterior window trying to commu- nicate to their loved one on the opposite side of the glass who is weeping and yearning for a hug from family members “for auld lang syne.”
Auld Lang Syne is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of
a traditional Scottish folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially in the English- speaking world, for its traditional use of bidding farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.
The origin of the song actually dates back to the early 1700’s when James Watson penned the ballad “Old Long Syne” which was printed in 1711. Later that century Robert Burns appeared to enhance the lyrics and sent a copy of the song
Wishing you the happiest new year! May the brightness of 2021 outshine the previous year and bring you and your family much blessing.
The first verse and chorus are probably the most familiar to we Americans:
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
The song begins by posing a rhetorical ques- tion, “Is it right that old times be forgotten?’ The question is intended to prompt our remembrance of long-standing friendships and relationships that are important to us. The Scottish phrase “for auld lang syne” is loosely interpreted as “for the sake of old times.” The words, again, encourage us to pause and reflect on the pleasant memories “for the sake of old times” that are now part of our
Fortunately, not all aging adults have to remain isolated in a nursing home. Because of the services provided by Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E., many older adults are able to remain safely in their own home or the home of a family member. While safety precautions are always necessary, there are options other than nursing homes to help older adults through the aging process. If you or a family member is facing the possibility of nursing home placement, please call us at (269) 441-9319 to determine if we
can provide the care you need to enable you or your loved one to remain safely at home
“for auld lang syne.” Or you may visit us at
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