by Jill Modell-Dion
January 2, 2013, my first day as Director for the Living Room was as familiar as it was unfamiliar. Working at the Friendship Centers became a new opportunity for me to continue what I had been doing for over 30 years, which is working with seniors.
I’ve pretty much worked with seniors at all levels, starting as a volunteer driver for meals on wheels, activities director in skilled care, private case manager, assisted living administrator and now working for an adult day program…I always felt more comfortable around seniors. Ironically, now that I am getting older I don’t really see much difference towards seniors as I did 30-40 years ago.
The best thing one can do in life is find the right fit professionally and I guess you can say I was lucky to find it.
From all the years in working with seniors my approach has always been, no matter how old one is, the individual should always be evolving, especially the type of clients that attend our adult day program.
What I especially like about my job at the Friendship Centers is it allows me to be as creative as possible.
If you were to ask many of our clients, “What do you think of the Living Room at the Friendship Centers?” they probably wouldn’t respond. But if you said, “What do you think of school?” they would understand. This is because the environment we provide stimulates and revives memories and interests, new and old; in doing so clients see it as coming to school.
Even an individual with progressive dementia has the opportunity for further development. I’ve seen it and it can be amazing.