As we bid goodbye to Labor Day and all things summer this past Monday, I had one of those moments that made me stop and smile. Most of us know that Labor Day was created to honor the working folks. Per Wikipedia it honors “the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to strength, prosperity, and well-being of country”. It was this frame of mind that triggered my memory of a National Assisted Living Week we celebrated at my community two years ago. We had our (now traditional) election of our King and Queen that were crowned by our local hometown beauty queens followed by a declaration from our Mayor. As the Mayor stood up to give the speech that was to proclaim that week National Assisted Living Week, he stopped and thanked each resident for their contribution to our hometown or in some cases the hometowns the individual moved from to our area.
He thanked them for their hard work and sacrifice that they made in helping make our country strong. He thanked the workers, the mothers, the Veterans…he included everyone. As I looked around the room, I saw many eyes with tears in them. My heart was bursting with pride for the contribution that these wonderful residents had made in their lifetimes. It reminded me how blessed I am to be able to serve each one in my occupation. Not a year goes by that this Mayor hasn’t taken the time to thank the residents for all they have done. So as National Assisted Living Week approaches with the theme of “Keep Connected” don’t miss your opportunity to give thanks to this very important generation. As the National Center for Assisted Living states as part of their campaign for 2016, “Keep Connected is about more than technology.” I believe it’s a way that each of us can connect face to face and these are the kinds of connections that can last a lifetime.