February 1998

Georgia Burnette

by Joseph H. RADDER

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For Georgia Burnette, 1997 was a unique and wonderful year—a time for reflection, renewal and reunions. Georgia currently focuses her volunteer activities on planning reunions and teaching health education.

Georgia began a program of health education for senior citizens at the William-Emslie YMCA in July 1995. After the program ended she felt the need for a formal update on medications. Georgia went back to school to complete two semesters of anatomy and physiology.

Today Georgia discusses wellness (prevention of disease) as opposed to illness, individualized medication review, components of a healthy diet and a monthly presentation on topics pertinent to senior health care. Georgia also contributed to the recently installed Health Education Bulletin Board and a medication card designed for seniors to keep a record of their current medications.

On occasion Georgia has given presentations to various church groups and other senior citizen programs throughout the city.
In 1995 Georgia planned a reunion for the University of Buffalo School of Nursing Class of 1955. Out of 17 graduates 13 nurses gathered to enjoy a three-day cruise to the Bahamas.

This past year Georgia planned her family reunion in West Memphis, Arkansas. She also arranged for an Adams Street reunion to gather friends she had met 56 years ago on Adams Street on the city’s east side.

Georgia has been asked to share her reunion experiences at the African-American Family Reunion Conference in March, 1998 in Philadelphia.

Prior to retirement Georgia had worked as a Nursing Director, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Operating Room Consultant and Community Activist.

Georgia’s next projects include working on a family genealogy project, writing poetry and prose and perhaps taking up basic photography.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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