As long as I can remember (and my memories go back to the Eisenhower years), Thanksgiving was not only a holiday of its own merit, but the start of six weeks of joyous anticipation of family, friends, and wonderful times.

No one knows better than those of you in eldercare that this has been as character-building a year as we are likely to see. And if there’s anything to be thankful for this year, it’s you: for your daily example of leadership, compassion, kindness, courage, grace, and love.

After the Royal Air Force ensured a victory for the British against Hitler’s Nazis, Winston Churchill famously saluted them, simply and eloquently declaring “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”  Those words ring true today for every eldercare professional, particularly the staff in every facility who at times were the only human contact to someone’s grandmother, father, spouse, or friend.

It falls to the rest of us to support your efforts in ways so simple it’s both absurd and appalling that many fellow citizens feel it beneath them to follow the 3 Ws: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. As one nurse put it, “If you think wearing a mask is uncomfortable, try being on a ventilator.

Never was so much owed by so many for so few.

Thank you from all of us,

Tim McGrath

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