How did you discover your passion to work with elders?

I discovered my passion to work with elders by having wonderful grandparents growing up. They were always there for my brother and I and would take us on yearly vacations. In their later years, my grandma had dementia and my grandpa had a mild stroke. It was so special to be a part of their lives all the way up to their passing. After teaching children for 20 years, I remembered how much I loved my grandparents and decided that I wanted to work with elders. I have been an activities director for about a year now and have been loving every minute of it.

Can you tell us about an emotional and important time in your career with your elders?

I always believe that you can do more than you can imagine and it doesn’t matter if you are a child or an elder. I always encourage my residents to attend and participate in as many activities as possible to enrich their lives. There have been many times that I have had a smile on my face seeing residents having a good time.

What is your life philosophy and/or a quote that’s meaningful to you?

“Life is a like a 400 yard sprint…the hardest part is the last 100 yards but it’s important to finish strong before crossing the finish line.”

What are some of your hobbies and/or things you love to do?

Things that I love to do for fun is listening to music and watching movies. I own over 2000 songs and 500 movies. I also enjoy being with my friends and family.