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Sign Of The Times

At a recent early morning healthcare association meeting in Miami, I was seated at a table with eleven other bleary eyed attendees all nursing our first cup of coffee of the day. My friend Elaine who was sitting next to me casually asked about my puppy Morris, who celebrated his first birthday this month. Elaine had not seen Morris in a while and to illustrate how much he had grown over the past few months, I pulled out my cellphone and showed her a few pictures I had snapped of him. Within minutes, each and every person at the table was passing around their own cellphone pictures of their dogs. I felt as if I had stepped through the looking glass into a place where pixels replaced color snapshots and furry babies replaced grandkids as the topic of proud discourse. Just as I thought the whole world had gone to the dogs, someone from another table came over and flashed cellphone shots of her beloved which was decidedly not canine. It was of a parrot.

Speaking of Miami, it is my pleasure to announce that Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Josefina G. Carbonell will be joining us at the first annual Miami Fearless Caregiver Conference. We welcome Assistant Secretary Carbonell as a long time Miami resident and look forward to her comments. We look forward to seeing you on March 29th if you can join us.


Gary Barg

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