Posts Tagged ‘community’

Isolation and Community

Whenever I see the words isolation and community in the title, my radar lights up.  There are great and good efforts to change the way aging is viewed but we have a long way to go.  We created a mobile society that pushed older adults out of the workforce and into "retirement."  As a result, families are fragmented, so we have to create "surrogate" family, i.e., social workers, nursing home workers, and volunteers.  Ironically, at least

Marti, Morrie & Bill

            I  love sharing stories and I know from experience people love a good story. This is one of those good stories.                       Last August, 2011, I received an email from Marti explaining that she lives in Kansas City and her father Morrie was living in a nursing home in Omaha. She went on to explain that he is experiencing several issues to include dementia but loves to play gin rummy; “...if he isn't engaged with


Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the St. Joseph Villa Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. It was one of the best events of this type I've ever attended. Hats off to Hector L., the administrator and Tammy Z. the activities director. Deja Blu was the entertainment for the evening, your's truly was the guest speaker.  I really wanted to encourage them. Volunteering in a nursing home may not seem like a "high adventure" experience, but for people who do volunteer

New Beginnings

I call my talk with you tonight, "New Beginnings" because for just a moment I will look back at where we have come from but then I will turn and look into the future to the next 20 years. As I look across the room, I see the faces of people who have stood with us, prayed for us, supported us, volunteered with us, and most important the people we


The Face of Resilience

The last weeks have been anything but easy. When asked how things are going in my life I always give the truth. When you choose to live a life of resilience you choose to live a life filled with hardship, brokenness & grief. I have found, there is just no other way for me to live. Probably because I have seen resilience with my own eyes There is no more resilient than Phyllis Brandt, my mother-in-law, who after fighting cancers of many types for many