“Help save our lives, we all get older eventually . . . “

The closing session at most trade shows and conferences can sometimes be a “commercial” for the next years show. So I was tempted to skip the closing session at the Pioneer Network Conference to catch up on emails.  I am glad that I didn’t – all of the speakers were very good – but my favorite was Omar Cain.  Omar is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who works in a nursing home in the Philadelphia area.  Check out this video of Omar!

Omar performed his song on the video at the conference – the entire crowd was on their feet!

I really connected with the poem he recited before the song,

IN 1997 A GROUP WAS FORMED.
PROMINENT PROFESSIONALS PIONEER WAS BORN
CALLED FOR A CHANGE THE IMPACT WAS RADICAL
SO CULTURE OF AGING IS HUMANE AND HABITABLE
EMBRACE FLEXIBILTY, AND SELF DETERMINATION
IN A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY THAT BUILDS A RELATION
CARING FOR AMERICAS ELDERS IN A STATE OF AGING
REGARDLESS OF AGE, CONDITIONS, OR LIMITATIONS
IT’S NOT A DESTINATION AJACENT TO A JOURNEY
DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL MODELS, BUT MORE HOMELY’
THE DREAM IS IT BECOMES WORLD WIDE SELECTED
CONSUMER DRIVEN AND RESIDENT DIRECTED
IT’S MORE THAN A TASK BETTER YET A MISSION
A RACE TO THE FINISH BUT NOT A COMPETITION
A HOME TO RESIDE TO THRIVE NOT DECLINE
UPLIFT SPIRITS AND BODY AND MIND WILL RESPOND
CULTURE CHANGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
TOGETHER AS ONE WE CAN SPEED THIS PROCESS
THIS IS ABOUT LIFE NOT ABOUT A PROFIT
WE GOTTA EXERCISE OUR VOICE TO SENATE AND CONGRESS
THIS WAY OF LIFE IS BETTER  PHYSICALLY  STIMULATES MENTALLY
HELP SAVE OUR LIVES WE ALL GET OLDER EVENTUALLY
IT’S A HEAVY LOAD WE ALL MUST HOLD

1 Comment

  • I like the fact that the nursing home Omar works in looks like a typical facility that most people dread moving to. Its a great example of how the people working in these dreadful settings can transform them into great homes!

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