Business Writer Praises Good Samaritan Innovations
| March 14, 2012
Ellen McGirt, senior writer for Fast Company Magazine, turns 50 this year. So, during an early-March visit to LeadingAge Member Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Sioux Falls, SD, the business writer found herself viewing the organization’s technology-enabled services through the lens of her own aging.
“I’m hoping that there will continue to be wonderful models for people who are just like me, who are aging in ways that resonate more with me, as opposed to some either hyper-glamorous or unusually vigorous form of aging that just isn’t going to work for me and my family,” said McGirt in a video interview posted on Good Samaritan. “Basically, I just want to be me until I can’t be me anymore, and I don’t think that’s a lot to ask.”
McGirt told her interviewer that she had come to the Good Samaritan Society to learn more about the innovations that the organization is bringing to the marketplace. But during the course of her multi-day stay, McGirt says she encountered a few surprises.
“I was not prepared to be surprised,” she told her interviewer. “I was amazed at the openness, the sense of imagination, the willingness to partner with different organizations and to bring technology into the lives of seniors and their families. This is an unusual approach in this age and I think the insights that (the Good Samaritan Society is) going to gather from the work that (it is) going to do is really going to change the world.”
Some of the work that the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is doing was documented in the CAST case study report, Preparing for the Future: Developing Technology-Enabled Long-Term Services and Supports for a New Population of Older Adults.