Enjoy a safe Labor Day

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SAN DIEGO, August 26, 2014 — An American tradition celebrated the first Monday of September, Labor Day was established in 1887 as an official Federal holiday.

Borne from the strife during the aftermath of the Haymarket Massacre bombing at a labor demonstration in Chicago in 1886, Labor Day commemorates this unfortunate, horrific event.

For most Americans, Labor Day is preceded by a rising anticipation of time away from the working world and the welcome respite it provides.

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Photo courtesy of bp6316/Flickr Creative Commons

Many school-aged children enjoy a final holiday weekend with their family and friends before the start of another school year.

Labor Day is also symbolic of the end of summer and is often celebrated with family gatherings, picnics, community parades and more.

It is also an important weekend for retailers across the Country who offer special price incentives and sales of their products and goods, luring shoppers with the promise of great deals. In fact, Labor Day remains a shopper’s paradise rivaled only by Black Friday.

Labor Day is a highly popular time for travel, and the Automobile Club of America estimates approximately 35 million Americans will take to the roadways in search of fun, adventure and relaxation.

In fact, August 28 through September 1 is considered the most favored and ideal travel time.

There are many great destinations which offer hotel deals and incentives to entice American travelers.

According to www.foxnews.com/travel, the following cities offer some of the most picturesque locations and hotel bargains worthy of Labor Day travel consideration:

-Orlando, Florida

-Telluride, Colorado

-Palm Springs, California

-San Juan, Puerto Rico

-Sonoma, California

-Nassau, Bahamas

-Cape Cod, Massachusetts

-Skaneateles, New York

-Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

-New York City

For the millions of Americans and their families who are planning to travel by roadway, Labor Day weekend has some of the highest incidents of traffic fatalities.

The National Safety Council offers some suggestions which could help make the great American road trip as safe and pleasurable as possible:

-Do not drink and drive

-Ensure that driver and all passengers are wearing seat belts

-Child passengers must be seated securely

-Take plenty of time to reach any destination

-Be alert and cautious at all times

The Labor Day holiday is a wonderful time to say goodbye to summertime by participating in a variety of fun and rewarding activities before returning to everyday life.

By practicing thoughtful safety measures, especially while traveling, the Labor Day holiday promises activities and opportunities for celebrations, or taking advantage of shopping and travel deals–making the end of summertime a spectacular beginning to a new season.


Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.

In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.

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Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at www.atyourhomefamilycare.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atyourhomefamilycare, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare