The sound of a transistor radio.
The crack of a baseball bat.
The smooth notes of a jazz trumpet.
A chorus of “Amens” from a church congregation.
The roar of the crowd at a ticker-tape parade.
These are just a few of the sounds we might hear as we celebrate the journeys of the 109 men and women honored for Who’s Who in Tennessee Long-term Care for 2012. Representing 87 nursing homes and assisted care living facilities across the Volunteer State, they have truly made a difference and shaped the face of society through their actions.
They left their homes to help others, whether serving in the armed forces during World War II, Korea and Vietnam or spreading God’s word to foreign lands as missionaries. They entertained us, playing college and professional sports, writing books and performing in musical groups. They raised families, waited tables and tended to the sick.
During National Nursing Home Week, May 13-19, these long-term care residents were celebrated in their facilities. They joined the ranks of more than 1,700 Tennesseans who have been honored through this program since 1983. In addition to receiving certificates of achievement, their stories have been shared with media outlets across the state.
And now, it is our privilege to share them with you.