A Tribute to All Seniors during Older Americans Month

Posted on May 22, 2011 by - Older Americans Month

Me and my mentor Rev. Daniel Alvarez

Me and my mentor Rev. Daniel Alvarez

I continue to be amazed and impressed by all the “older folks” who are part of my life and continue to assist, encourage and inspire me.  They are active, positive and contributors to society. I thought I’d share two special friends with you. Their interest in me and my business, Focus on Aging, has made my company the success that it is.  Like them, I am never too old to learn. 

Yesterday, my mother’s 90 plus year old neighbor, Harold, called me to ask if I could sit down with him and talk about his experiences while a respite resident this past winter in a few senior communities in California. He thought some of his observations might be helpful to my business and instrumental in giving my adult community clients the perspective they need to insure their own residents have positive experiences.  Of course, being a marketer, I asked him if he also had thoughts on how to attract the older consumer.  He said he had plenty of ideas.  After Harold and I meet, I’ll share our conversation in a future blog. His schedule is full, so I hope we’ll be able to sit down soon! 

My mentor, Reverend Daniel Alvarez, who has been encouraging me since my teens, and is ageless, continues to have an impact on me. He was the Executive Director of Casa Central for many years, was the former Chicago Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, and just finished his role as one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Hispanic campaign co-chairs.  Rev. Alvarez is always on the go, never sits still and always calls me with new information, ideas and questions. This year he insisted I go back for some post graduate business classes and cheered me on. What a learning experience for me! I was the oldest person in my class, and all I can say, is times have changed when it comes to classroom learning.

I have always had a passion and respect for the older generation (what is the politically appropriate term these days?) and that passion has allowed me to follow my dreams.  Thank you to everyone who has inspired me along the way.  If you have an older mentor, I’d love to hear from you.

Marla Levie, BSW, MA, President and Founder of Focus on Aging, has successfully been providing marketing consulting, social media and recruiting services to the elder care market and to other service-related professions in the Chicago area for over 20 years. Use the contact tab to email Marla for additional information about her services.

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