Finding What Matters as We Age

by Harisa Paco, MSW, LSWAIC, CMC

The work of care managers is in itself rewarding. On a day to day basis, we play a large role in the lives of our clients and their families. We’re gifted with the opportunity to help those in need, to help improve the quality of life for the clients we serve, and to reduce stress and anxiety for worried families. Many would be quick to say that our work is significant, it seems obvious, right? But is it?

Pete Smith will be the keynote speaker on the final day of our 35th annual Aging Life Care Association National Conference. His discussion will focus on the journey of finding significance, personally and professionally. The key is to maintain your own individual sense of motivation and engagement and to stay focused on the things that actually matter. What are those things? Tough question. The answer starts with this: what are you going to think about in the last moments of your life?

Pete survived a stroke at the young age of 35. This experience left him reflecting on the life he had, which was like what many of us would describe our lives as at this very moment: “fine.” Pete began a mission of changing his lens and finding more significance in his life. His book Dare to Matter: Choosing an unstuck and unapologetic lifestyle, identifies the seven pillars of significance that can help us find more meaning and less self-doubt and fear in our work and in our personal lives.

Finding significance is a journey. It begins with self-reflection and insight into what truly matters to us. Significance is not about breadth or scope, it’s about depth. It’s easy to let external factors influence what we superficially view as significant. The key is to peel away the layers hiding the true message. This takes time, and lots of practice, but with guidance can be achieved.


Join us on Saturday, April 6th at the conference to hear the inspirational words of Pete Smith. His fresh perspective on finding meaning will get you thinking about living through a lens of significance. You’ll leave his session feeling re-focused, re-committed, and re-energized to the work that we do as Aging Life Care Professionals.

Harisa Paco, MSW, LSWAIC, CMC is a Certified Care Manager with Aging Wisdom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on Multigenerational practice from the University of Washington. Harisa is co-chair of the Aging Life Care Association’s Seattle Unit Group and a board member of the ALCA Western Region Chapter.

This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute, nor is it intended to be a substitute for, professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information on this blog does not necessarily reflect official positions of the Aging Life Care Association® and is provided “as is” without warranty. Always consult with a qualified professional with any particular questions you may have regarding your or a family member’s needs.

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