A wise woman once said, “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan’s quote is exactly how I view aging- a time when roles may change but the wisdom and strength of one’s years can shine through. Elder Care Services is hitting our own aging milestone this year- the 50th anniversary of when we opened the doors to serve local seniors. As the new CEO of Elder Care, I am proud to usher in this decade paying homage to our legacy of improving the quality of life for seniors in Leon County while looking ahead to our robust future.
My passion for working with seniors started in grad school when I realized that aging issues were social justice issues. There is a perception among many and in society at large that when one ceases making an economic impact, they have little to contribute to society. I think nothing could be further from the truth. One’s value should never rest on productivity or production- everyone has intrinsic value as a human, and our seniors have the value of experience and historical vantage to boot.
During our 50th anniversary year, you can look forward to seeing us in the community more, on your radio and TV, encouraging others to look to Elder Care for their aging solutions. We can assist families struggling to take care of their loved ones or active seniors looking for ways to stay involved and engaged in their community. Growing older is often not an easy feat, but agencies like Elder Care Services exist to help those that find themselves in suddenly different circumstances or needing more assistance. These efforts could not be accomplished if it were not for hundreds of Elder Care employees over the last five decades giving it their all for our mission. It is my distinct pleasure to represent the hard working staff at Elder Care who tirelessly and wholeheartedly endeavor to make the world a better place one individual at a time.