Business Bios

A Message from the Founder

My grandmother Rose lived with my family until I was 18. She was a vital woman who worked as a master seamstress, sewing costumes for Broadway productions, The Ringling Brothers, and Ice Capades until she was 75. Although she didn’t speak much English, she taught me many things. One of my greatest and enduring lessons was about humanity.

Grandma Rose was a bright woman and a survivor, but she couldn’t beat dementia. Eventually, she entered a community-based “Home for the Aged”. It was my on first visit that I found her strapped into her wheelchair and sedated with Haldol. Angry, horrified, and saddened, I untied her and challenged the supervisory nurse as to the reason my grandmother was tied up. I learned drugs and restraints were common practice in senior care facilities. Not only was I certain there were better ways to manage the challenges of aging, I was determined to find them. This was the beginning of my education, which continued with the decision to study social work at Arizona State University. While there, interning at the Legal Aid for Older Americans Program brought me even closer to my passion.

Much has changed since then. Services and laws have been put in place to protect our elders, yet they continue to face many of the same challenges as well as some new ones. As a senior care advocate, it’s not just my responsibility but also my calling to look out for those who on their own can’t negotiate the trials of aging. My strength lies in troubleshooting and solving problems.

For 35 years, I’ve managed retirement housing, assisted living, and long-term care facilities as both an executive director and regional director. As a member of the selection committee for The Pima Council on Aging, my eyes were opened wider still to low-income senior housing issues. Serving on the Governor’s Quality Rating System Committee provided me with an opportunity to impact the rating methods for care facilities in Arizona.

Arizona Senior Care Connection is a service built from the heart. It exists for the benefit of our senior community and their loved ones. When one person receives the guidance and care they deserve, it has a resounding effect throughout a community.

I’m pretty sure my Grandma Rose would be proud.

Paul Radow, MSW