By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.
One of my favorite memories dates back 50 years ago. I was one of the more than 70 million viewers to watch the debut performance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. I was parked in front of the TV set as the lads from Liverpool launched into “All My Loving.”
Six months later, my brother Don and I convinced our parents to take us to a movie theatre in downtown Chicago so we could see A Hard Day’s Night, the Beatles first movie. (Movie trailer below)
We were hooked and with each new album, grew to deeply appreciate their musical and song-writing talents.
My passion for the Fab Four continues to this day. A Sunday morning family tradition is tuning in to Breakfast with The Beatles radio show on WXRT here in Chicago. A summer tradition is attending the performance by American English, a Beatles tribute band, at Community Park in Palatine.
Of course, this past Sunday, I was parked in front of the television, with the channel once again tuned to CBS, to watch “The Night that Changed America – a Grammy Salute.”
As I watched, I found it hard to believe that Ringo is 73 and Paul is 71. It seems like only yesterday when I first heard “When I’m Sixty-Four” in which Paul questions what life will be like when he gets older and loses his hair, many years from now. Will a certain someone still need him, feed him and be sending him a Valentine?
My wish for you as we celebrate Valentine’s Day 2014 is that each and every day of the year is filled with Love, Compassion and Dignity.
If you or a certain older adult or person with a physical disability needs someone to feed them, provide help with medications or other types of personal assistance, I invite you to contact any of the senior living, assisted living and memory care communities that BMA operates to see if we may be of help.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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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