The population of the United States is swiftly aging, and with an aging population come concerns about how older individuals will be cared for in their final years. Many older adults need assistance with day-to-day tasks or have specific medical needs that require daily attention. Others find themselves unable to remember who family members are or which daily tasks to complete due to Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions resulting in dementia.
It is late June, and summer vacation is in full swing for school-aged children. Younger kids are at home on the couch, kicking a ball around at the playground with friends, diving into summer swimming lessons, or engaging in fun summer-camp activities. Older children need less supervision and may find themselves with a less-structured summertime. While some teens take summer jobs, take classes at local community colleges, or do volunteer work to boost their college applications, others are left to their own devices.
Any parent’s worst nightmare is losing a child. For some parents, that means living for years in a constant state of panic and hypervigilance, breathlessly reading articles about cancer risks and choking hazards. For others, the enormity of the potential loss breeds a kind of self-assuring optimism that borders on denial. For most parents, the experience is something in between: staying alert to known health and safety risks, carefully researching car seats and cribs, and trying to “babyproof” and remain alert while running on reduced sleep.
With calendars reading “JUNE,” we are already approaching the halfway point in 2019. The month just gone by – that being the month of May, of course – is notable in several respects. As we have noted several times in recent posts, May is when the holidays of Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day occur, each helping to awake the party-goer in each of us and usher in the warm, jubilant months of summer. May is also National Bike Month, a rolling celebration (get it?) spearheaded by the League of American Bicyclists.
With June upon us, days are longer, the sun is warmer, and summer is fast approaching. June is a time for celebrating fathers as well as the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. It is the month when many attempt their first beach trip of the year and bring the family out for a good old-fashioned camping trip. Fresh fruit is ripening, and farmers’ markets are in full swing. Amidst all this excitement, high school students are nearing one of the biggest milestones of their lives: high school graduation and the true beginning of their adult lives.
A few months ago, we profiled a bill proposed in the ongoing legislative session that would have handed law enforcement officers responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident with a new tool to determine which party (or which parties, if multiple drivers are suspected) were using a mobile device in the moments before the crash. The bill was Assembly Bill 200 (known by the shorthand of A.B. 200), and it was among the wave of new bills that washed over Carson City in the early weeks of February as the legislative session kicked off.
According to your almanac, summer does not begin until the Summer Solstice – June 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, give or take a few hours. (This varies from year to year because the Earth’s rotation around the Sun is not perfectly synced with our terrestrial concept of 24-hour days – go figure!)  So your calendar may not acknowledge the start of summer for another month or so; nonetheless, the broader public generally recognizes that the beginning of the summertime patterns of warm clothing, hot weather, and outdoor activities begin with the Memorial Day Weekend.
For those living in the Northern Nevada area, a strong sense of déjà vu is sweeping the state as residents check their local weather reports. Winter storm warnings were in effect over the past weekend, warning residents to avoid the roads and stay indoors if possible. While this may feel like a story we all expect to hear in late January, few Nevadans expect to be skiing fresh powder on Memorial Day.
Back in March of last year, the epic snowfall enjoyed by skiers throughout the Sierra Nevada region was sullied when a snowstorm in the Lake Tahoe area turned tragic. 61-year-old Alan McMahon was heading north on Mount Rose Highway, driving to a worksite near Incline Village, a small community on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Visibility was diminished, but McMahon was a careful driver and an attentive worker. He worked hard, relying on own labor to earn a living as a carpenter in the Northern Nevada area. McMahon was driving his beloved 1978 Chevy pickup truck.
This past Sunday marked the unofficial beginning of the summer party season. While Saint Patrick’s Day is a storied “drinking holiday” celebrated with a mix of garish costumes, themed drinks, raucous singing, and general cross-cultural reverie, its timing on the calendar tends to dampen the scale and reach of the associated partying. Falling in mid-March, the holiday comes at varying times for the diverse communities across the country.
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