There is something special about hands and their connection to the person. Perhaps because it is one of the key ways we experience the world. Holding hands, for example, often elicits an emotional response such as love and affection. However, people hold hands for lots of reasons, such as showing a public connection and agreement. There is something else present when you hold hands and that is trust. A good friend of mine likes to share a quote from Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten which is “when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.”
This seems like sage advice and makes a lot of sense when I think about the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and public policy. The NADSA board works with our Public Policy Advisor to create and lead public policy efforts, monitor and respond to emerging public policy issues that could have a negative effect on our service sector, and educate our members about these issues. The reality is we can’t do it alone. We must work with our members, their service recipients and fellow travelers such as other aging service providers and their associations to accomplish our public policy efforts.
This is why I urge you to join us in Washington DC for our NADSA Public Policy and Capitol Hill Day on May 4th & 5th. When members of NADSA go out into the world of Washington DC, we need to watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. I’ll see you there!
—Chip Cromartie, NADSA Chair, Greensboro, NC