I am my father’s daughter. This was sometimes good and other times not so good. My mom would often make it very clear to me that I needed to navigate my relationships carefully. I tended to be a little “bossy”. Who knew? But the resourceful, organized and mission-driven man who was my father, was an incredible inspiration to me throughout my life. His most vibrant volunteer efforts focused on his passion for seniors and children with special needs.
When I took a position in the senior living industry in 2001, suffice it to say, my dad was very proud of me. We had a whole new world to share as he had been on the board of seven non-profit senior communities, and really enjoyed hearing what was going on in my work. Five years later when my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, my career interest in senior care became very, very personal. As I watched my mom and our family struggle through the progression of my father’s disease and his care, I came to realize that one must embrace this “new normal” with humility and deep compassion.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, I am thankful for all the wonderful memories of my own dad. And I appreciate all the amazing fathers I get to interact with each day in our community. Fathers are very special gifts!
Interim Executive Director