Here we are folks, rapidly approaching the end of another year. Am I the only one who feels as if each passing year the time is moving faster? You’re chuckling and nodding your head in agreement, right?
It reminds me of that Bonnie Raitt song, Nick of Time:
However, I do hope that all of you have been able to accomplish some of the items you wanted to for 2021 and are not wasting any moments!
It is a personal and professional honor to be able to have taken an idea born from my own experiences of caring for my mother, Miss Nellie in her final years of life, and evolve it into a platform to hopefully help others.
For this KIRC update, let’s take a quick look back at some of the highlight moments in 2021 and what I hope (with all of your help) will evolve even more for 2022.
Your correspondent started the year completing a fellowship with the Gerontological Society of America.
The organization selected 15 journalist from all over the country to produce work specific to topics within the field of aging. My project included three news segments about the California Master Plan for Aging and the people directly impacted.
Those segments caught the attention of a member of PASSAGES, the local Area Agency on Aging for Butte County and surrounding regions in Northern California. An invite to present a webinar, The Accidental Caregiver soon followed.
I’ve always believed in the power of fate and of paying attention to signs. Because my personal journey in caregiving had taught me a great deal, and as a lifelong journalist/storyteller, it felt almost like a calling to work to educate others and raise awareness. So I set out to create Keeping it REAL Caregiving.
Shortly after the website launch, KIRC was invited to join a select group of writers featured by Facebook/Meta in launching our bi-weekly newsletter. Notice how I say OURS — because really, this effort is about and for all of us!
Stories, articles, and information began hitting your in-boxes in late August. Since then, our KIRC family has grown to a little more than one-thousand strong.
I could not be more thrilled, humbled and honored to use my journalism skills to share stories involving eldercare and family caregiving. I believe Miss Nellie would be surprised yet proud of what we are accomplishing.
My hope is to connect and engage with more of you:
To hear and share your stories.
To encourage more of you to join KIRC as a guest essayist.
I would like to drive more advocacy efforts.
To feature more of your local programs & virtual events.
And... I want to learn what information and topics YOU want to see more of.
These goals will take all of us working together to learn and grow. So, be on the lookout for a KIRC survey in the coming days.
Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea and get ready to ‘re-set’ for the new year!
Before the date, send me ideas, questions or topics you think we should include email@example.com or join the discussion here!
Can’t wait to see what we all create for 2022 - Happy Holidays!
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Have a story idea, topic or event you would like to see covered and/or featured? Jump into the discussion and let me know!