Advocate for the Aging

Welcome to my blog!

Hello! Today I begin a new adventure. I have been wondering about blogging for some time, so I'm going for it, as the title says. My blog will focus on issues relating to aging, caregiving and the aging industry. Today, though, my editor asked me to introduce myself. I don't know if you have ever had to introduce yourself in about three paragraphs, but I find it a little daunting. I have decided to just talk about how I got here.

In the spring of 2001, I was a middle-aged (Okay, I was 45, but feeling middle-aged in my industry), female, IT training manager facing a recession. I had been through that before. Every time the economy dips, training and travel, which is what I did, are the first things to get cut. I was tired of it. I was also tired of traveling to places I didn't want to go on someone else's schedule.

So, in the time-honored "What Color is Your Parachute?" style, I decided to make a list of what I did want. I wanted to work in my community. I love Reston and I was tired of leaving it every day. I wanted to know people in my community. I wanted to feel good about what I did at the end of the day. I wanted to work in a service business because I am a service-oriented person and because I didn't believe I could sell a product. I wanted to own a business, but I didn't want to be in business alone, so I knew I wanted a franchise. I knew I was a good manager, so I figured I could pick any business that I felt passionate about and be successful at it.

I went shopping for a business that would fulfill my list of wants and I found Comfort Keepers. I knew it was perfect for me. It fulfills my need to be of service to a clientele that desperately needs good care. It also fulfills my need to feel connected to my community. In the past 10 years, I have been a caregiver in my professional life, a caregiver in my personal life, a manager of caregivers and owner of a caregiving business.

I'm now going to do my best to share what I have learned and am continuing to learn from my many vantage points. I hope you learn something, too. I hope you enjoy the stories. Aging will affect all of us one day. Let's put our heads together. 


Toni Reinhart

 |  October 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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