by Jerold E. Rothkoff, Esq.

I have been practicing elder care law for almost twenty years, helping families navigate the long-term care process. I receive great personal satisfaction knowing our elder care teams’ advocacy help improve the lives of a senior and their caregiver loved ones.

However, unexpectedly, the advocacy I do each day can have additional rewards. Namely, the impact my life’s work has had on our five children. Two of our five children have worked in my office during the summer and witnessed first hand the advocacy and impact we have on our clients and their families. For the past three years, our 17 year old twin sons have volunteered as advocates for special needs individuals at our synagogue and for a local special needs basketball league, including spending Friday and Saturday nights at events with the special needs individuals.

On May 23, 2019, my wife and I hosted a meet and greet for Artz Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization which provides interactions around arts and culture for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Our five children attended the event, including our eight year old son who took it upon himself to find the Artz Philadelphia #MakingADifference Youtube Video and set up the smart TV that would show the video later in the evening.  The morning after the Artz Philadelphia event, I was forwarded the below email that our 17 year old son, Gregory sent Susan Shifin, Artz Philadelphia Executive Director:

Susan,

It was so nice meeting more of the Artz Philly team last night and learning more about this wonderful organization. Growing up, I have seen my dad be a part of many charitable organizations and various causes, and I would say that Artz Philly is the single most important thing he has been a part of and continues to support. The difference you are making in the lives of those living with dementia and their families is truly inspiring. I cannot wait to see your continued growth and the hope you will give to even more people. I would love to be added to the Artz Philly newsletter.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, Greg

There is such joy in witnessing your children learning from what you love to do. While helping our clients and their families, I unexpectedly taught our children empathy and the importance of giving back to your community. Our children’s actions are the perfect example of the saying, “children learn more by what you do, not what you say.”

On this upcoming Father’s Day, I have much to be proud of. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who make a positive impact on their children’s lives each and every day.