By Rick Banas of assisted living provider BMA Management, Ltd.
I have to admit it. I fell for it.
I quickly read the headline and began plotting out in my mind the Blog I was going to write about the life and death of Betty White.
She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1922. My pediatrician, Dr. Raycraft, had his office in Oak Park.
She starred with Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan in the “Golden Girls” when she was in her 60s. Her TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” premiered in 2010, when she was 88 years old. Also in 2010, she became the oldest person to host “Saturday Night Live.”
In 2013, she was honored by Guinness World Record for being the female entertainer with the longest television career.
This past July 18, Betty became the oldest person to be nominated for an Emmy. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that Betty was nominated as Outstanding Reality Host for her NBC television show “Betty White”s Off Their Rockers.” Let’s not forget about Betty’s Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball spoof to promote her Off Their Rockers show.
I also began thinking about Dan Buettner and his study of the secrets of leading a long and healthy life and about a Blog that I wrote earlier this summer on “Talking about Death Much Earlier in Life.” The Blog focused on a presentation by Katy Butler, an award-winning journalist and author of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.”
Of course, the headline about Betty on the Empire News story should have been a dead giveaway: “Betty White, 92, Dyes Peacefully in Her Los Angeles Home”. The story reveals that Betty is not a natural blonde. The brunette has been peacefully dying her hair all these years in her home.
Here is wishing Betty many more years of being able to live life to its fullest and of being an excellent role model on how to age well. I hope that when she does die that it is peacefully and in the comfort of her home.
All affordable assisted living communities managed by BMA Management, Ltd. are certified and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. All assisted living communities are licensed and surveyed by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
“BMA Management, Ltd. is the leading provider of assisted living in Illinois
and one of the 20 largest providers of assisted living in the United States.”
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