I started working in the Senior Care Communities about 5 years ago. I was in Marketing, trying to get as many people as I could to move into my . I absolutely loved meeting the Senior Citizens that I would meet. I would be happy that they would be moving in to our Community but would be sad because I would not have much contact with them once they were moved in. After a few months, I finally decided that I wanted to do activities with Senior Citizens. I knew that I would not make very good money but I was alright with that. I took a job a a Senior Day Center. It was there that I finally found my true calling, my passion. I was able to do activities with people who had severe dementia or Alzheimer's. Right away, I became a friend to many and they became my friends, my family. Where i was working, we did not have that many people who had dementia or Alzheimer's. I was ecstatic when a position became available for a Life Enrichment Assistant for a Memory Care Community, Parker Senior Living by MorningStar. I have been with this Community for 4 years. The Residents are my friends, and that is how I refer to them. For some reason, I have such a knack for understanding the needs of my friends in Memory Care. It's almost too good to be true. Each Resident is different and I love that I can find ways to help each one in every day living. They make me cry so often because they make me so happy. I am so fortunate to be where I am today! My inspiration for participating in all the events that are sponsored by the Association comes from all of my friends in Memory Care. I will raise money and I will walk to honor all of them. The ones we have lost, the ones who I care for now and for the future ones. This walk is so important because Alzheimer's is growing so rapidly and we need to fight for a cure. It seems that more Residents are moving into my Community and they are getting younger, which is so scary to me. I want a cure in my lifetime, so I will do what I can to help!
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