This Week in History…

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It is officially Assisted Living Week! This year, we have been encouraging providers to observe this special week by looking back at the history of Assisted Living and their communities. One way to do that is by marking this week in history, which is replete with sports, military, science, music, civil rights, and pop culture. Host a discussion group, screen a film, or interview residents on their recollections of these historic events:

Sunday, 9/13

This was a great day for women’s rights. In 1948, Margaret Chase Smith was elected senator, becoming the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

Monday, 9/14

Sports buffs may remember this: on this day in 1987, the Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, hitting 10 of them.

Tuesday, 9/15

Many people remember the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on this day in 1965. But did you know that, on this same day in 1978, Muhammad Ali outpointed Leon Spinks in a rematch to become the first boxer to win three world heavyweight titles?

Wednesday, 9/16

Music lovers rejoice! On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera House opened at Lincoln Center in New York City with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra.

Thursday, 9/17

Captain’s Log, star date 1976…this was the day that the first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA.

Friday, 9/18

This was a momentous day for US security. The same day in 1947 saw the recognition of the United States Air Force as an independent branch of the United States armed forces, as well as the establishment of the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Saturday, 9/19

Here’s something to smile about…on this day in 1982, the first documented emoticons were posted by Scott Fahlman on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System. 🙂

However you decide to commemorate Assisted Living Week, promote it! Use CALA’s press release template to inform local media. Read these tips on telling your good news stories via social media. Finally, tell CALA what you have planned…and take pictures! Your event may be featured here on the CALA blog.



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