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May is Older Americans Month


May is Older Americans Month.  As I reflect on all that Older Americans have given us, I was reminded of a PBS program I watched last year about Fred Rogers.  It was entitled “Mr. Rogers and Me” and contained interviews with those that had been touched by Fred Rogers and focused on what set him apart.  The recurring theme was that when you had a conversation with Mr. Rogers he was totally focused on you!  He accepted you for who you were:  “I like you just the way you are.”  What a wonderful lesson that should be for all of us and how we interact with everyone, but especially the elders in our lives.  We need to be with them in the moment and accept them just the way they are.  In doing this we provide them with the gift of acceptance and love, but more importantly we open ourselves to the gifts they can give us.