As a former journalist and history student I try to avoid using hyperbole to describe our current state of affairs; BUT we do live in a time of unprecedented political, social, economic and environmental upheaval. Lets review a handful of recent highlights: a housing bust, credit crisis, global economic meltdown, ensuing years of layoffs, two seemingly endless wars, and now an oil spill the size of, well, the size of the Gulf of Mexico.
If you spend too much time watching cable news coverage of these events you’ve probably already crawled into a hole and given up. But you wanna know what I think? These disasters couldn’t have come at a better time. And our battle against the bigotry of ageism and for Real Care Now couldn’t be waged at a better or more advantageous time.
Amidst all this unrest and disaster, we find ourselves in possession of unprecedented MEANS and WILL to effect real change. The radical ideas of a handful of reformers in long term care have blossomed into a mobilized, global community of culture change agents. Add to this the fact that social networking and social media make it easier than ever in history to coordinate and communicate, and you’ve got the makings not just for culture change in long term care, but for deep social change throughout our society.
So where do we start? Right here, right now.