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Editor's Notes - November 30, 2017

by Amy, November 30, 2017

Gratitude can transform the way we think and feel. It can make our relationships more meaningful; it can also offer us a heightened sense of empathy and self-esteem. This Thanksgiving season, and beyond, I choose to welcome all possibilities and embrace the challenges they'll bring.

I went to the Aging 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. This 2-day event supports innovators that are taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. The attendees come from various walks of life, but share the same passion for preserving our seniors' quality of life. I used to have a traditional mindset about home care--that it is something personal which technology can never replace. On the 2nd day, I realized that technology, or robotics, can indeed revolutionize home care. There are things that machines can do better, and there are tasks that a human being can deliver best. I am excited that technology, working hand in hand with human care providers, can only lead to better care.

I spoke at a recent Estate Planning Council of Southern Alameda County (EPCSAC) dinner meeting in Fremont. I collaborated with Mr. Richard Lambie, Professional Fiduciary, and Patricia Maxwell, Geriatric Care Manager, on this topic: Avoiding Physical and Financial Crises in Your "Not So Golden" Years. It was an honor to present with distinguished colleagues, and I have to admit that public speaking (which is feared more than death, according to a poll), gives me anxiety. However, knowing that I can use my voice for a good cause, and that my voice matters, was reassuring. This awareness turned my fear into power and confidence.

The longer I work in this industry, the more I realize that I am but a small unit that belongs to a bigger group. This sense of belonging empowers me and enables me to accept others for who they are. I may not be able to change people, but I can change how I relate to them. With grace and calm, I can have order instead of chaos, clarity instead of confusion.

We have the power to author our lives. We can all choose to live an authentic life that creates a positive impact on others. During our company's Thanksgiving dinner, I was overwhelmed by emotions when my employees shared how Care Indeed has changed their lives. I realized that their journey has not been easy, but they chose to stay because of 3 things: love for each other, trust in each other, and commitment to serve our seniors. For this revelation, I am most grateful. I feel fulfilled. Let me share with you what Elie Wiesel wrote about gratitude: "When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity." Belated Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!