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Beliefs

We credit Larry Minnix, retired CEO of LeadingAge, the national organization of tax exempt senior provider organizations, for suggesting that beliefs belong near the top of any movement.

 We believe:

·        That impartiality and an open mind are superior to partisanship, doctrine, and ideology.

·    That all people are equal in worth though diverse in talents.

·  That education can lead to understanding and understanding can lead to better outcomes.

·         That the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges of aging affect all and call for universal responses.

·        That everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity through the full course of aging.

 

The source of our beliefs

Our beliefs are rooted in the values of American society as articulated in its foundational documents.  These are the Declaration of Independence; the Constitution as amended and interpreted by the Supreme Court; the Gettysburg Address; and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech.

These values include the following:

·         All are created equal and deserve equal opportunity from birth;

·         That tolerance should be given innate conditions and sincerely held beliefs;

·         That individual conscience is to be heeded even when it is at odds with convention;

·         That all deserve a minimal existence;

·         That coercion and violence should only be the last resort of a just society; and

·         That the decisions of those who hold power should be responsive to the wishes and yearnings of those impacted.

For the elderly, this means not only that government should reflect the will of the people but also that those who manage residential and other facilities for the elderly should reflect the will of those served in the decisions that govern their lives.  For tax exempt entities in which the ownership capital is derived from donors, participants and residents, or retained earnings, this means that the providers of the ownership capital should choose the managers and the organization’s governing body.

 

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