|“Not what we say about our blessing, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
How grateful we are for the many Pioneers in America and across the globe who are committed to improving the lives of elders and who work side by virtual side with us.
How grateful we are for the technology that allows us the virtual pathways to communicate every single day with those Pioneers.
Some days it’s just the knowing that we walk our mission with thousands of Pioneers, and other days it’s talking the happenings of the mission through questions, suggestions and sharing stories on our telephones or computer screens.
Once each year we gather Pioneers together in person at the annual conference to learn, share and network, and the rest of the year we continue the work through the virtual gatherings of two or more at a time. By now there are very few in the field of elder support who haven’t heard the terms “culture change” or “person-centered care”.
This week we also give grateful reflection to our founders, who in their wisdom and commitment to change, set a vision for us to aspire to. Consider the many hours they devoted to discussion, planning, and launching Pioneer Network. Consider the people in your own community who have joined the quest for achieving the vision year after year, the current and future leaders of this movement. We are thankful for every conversation held about positive change for elders, for every deed done, and for every deed contemplated to change the culture of aging.
On this 20th year of the formal founding of Pioneer Network we hold deep gratitude for all that has happened toward reaching a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful for all elders. We thank you for the difference you make.