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Thanksgiving Message: The Year We Put on Long Pants

Nov 25 2014

At this reflective time of the year, we are both grateful and proud of all that the National Aging in Place Council has accomplished. We will remember this as the year NAIPC grew up. And we are thankful to all of you for supporting the effort.

This was the year in which we redefined Aging in Place as a lifestyle encompassing home, health and wellness, personal finance, transportation, and community.

It was the year in which we designed and launched Act III: Your Plan for Aging in Place so that aging Americans and their families assess their own needs and plan for longer life.

It was a year in which we added almost 150 new members and new chapters in Greater Los Angeles, Greater Pittsburgh, Greater Columbus, Randolph County North Carolina, and Western and Central Virginia.

It was a year in which we began to design and implement new programs dealing with encouraging hiring of seniors, utilizing seniors as mentors to members, building guides for the 50 major cities, creating a corps of retirement concierges. All of these initiatives lay the groundwork for additional growth in an exciting 2015.

So thank you to those of you who have taken on leadership of our local chapters, to those who serve on our Council of Chapters, to the members who participated in our annual meeting and helped us shape the Plan for Aging in Place.

Thank you to our backroom operations staff—Patty Winter, Violet Arthur, Linda Latimore, and Jeri Greaves—those people who handle registration and accounting and taxes and all the things you don’t want to have to think about.

Thank you to Ashley Krapacs for bringing a detonation of youthful energy, great empathy for our membership, and a lawyer’s eagle eye for detail to our daily responsibilities.

We have a lot of great stuff up our sleeves for the coming year. And we look forward to sharing it all with you.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones,
Marty Bell