December 4, 2013
LeadingAge is the national advocacy organization for non-profits dedicated to caring for seniors. Its 2013 Annual Conference was recently held in Dallas. With 7,000 member organizations ranging from continuum providers like Masonicare, to small and large nursing homes, retirement communities and fixed income senior housing, you can imagine it was quite a group.
A common thread among Leading Age members is the daily interaction with families struggling with aging issues. And what comes with that territory is the experience of adult children adjusting to a role reversal in which they become the "parent." This was illustrated dramatically during the Conference through a three-act video called "Love Letters." One "act" or chapter was introduced each day. They resonated powerfully with me – and I imagine they might for you, too. You can view them by clicking here.
Every day Masonicare helps families deal with dynamics and challenges such as these. Even the most loving and close families struggle with what is the right thing to do. How do I preserve my parents' dignity while making sure they are safe and having the highest quality of life?
For nearly one hundred and fifty years, Masonicare has dedicated itself to the care of the vulnerable and needy. As we close out the year and look ahead to 2014, I want to thank all our employees for what they do each and every day, and I humbly commend the family members who make the journey with us. May God bless you and yours at this special time of year.