How I got started…

I guess you could say I was a late bloomer.  I didn’t find my calling until my late 20’s when I went back to college and through some searching, experimenting and good fortune, I ended up in the the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at a local Tech College.  Working in the field of Occupational Therapy in the late 90’s, I was introduced first hand to the problems that people face as they age.  My job at the time was to work with people who were in rehabilitation after a hospital stay from an injury or illness.  I was helping people maintain as much independence as possible so they could live in the least restrictive environment.  Every person I worked with had their own situation and plan.  Sometimes they were in rehab trying to get stronger so they could go home and live independently.  Others were going home with family or caregivers.  Some were looking at transitioning to an Assisted Living and still others were making the tough choice to transition into a Long Term Care/Nursing Home setting.  In every case, I was determined to help the person maximize their abilities and be as independent as possible.

How I got here…

I’ve always been one to look forward, wonder about what’s next, look at the bigger picture and push the envelope.  It can be exhausting but truly it is what has led me here.  I worked in that same building where I started as a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) for 11 years.  I held many different positions because I was always looking for that bigger picture – wondering how I could have more of an impact on the quality of life of the elderly population.  The last couple of years in that building I was working as the Community Development Director.  It was a fantastic opportunity to get out into the community and educate people.  I spend a lot of time at Senior Centers and Senior Housing locations educating people about how to remain active and healthy and what products and strategies they could utilize to do so.  During this time I became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  Again feeling like there was something more – a way to have greater influence, I became the Executive Director of a building and every day worked to create a home for roughly 90 people requiring nursing home level of care, that would offer them an amazing quality of life.

And now…

By this time I think you can tell that I don’t sit still well, so I have a new challenge for myself.  I truly believe that the aging population needs a place they can get accurate information about what they are going through.  I want to be able to provide up to date, honest and reliable information.  I want to help aging Baby Boomers and their families navigate the financial pitfalls of Medicare and Medicaid, to know what is available for products that can make life easier, to be less afraid of Alzheimer’s, to understand what they can do to decrease falls at home, how medications can change their lives (for the better or worse) or how to take care of an aging parent.  There are so many aspects of aging that can be scary and confusing.  I want to take the fear and uncertainty out of the equation and help people continue to be vital and engaged as they progress through the inevitable changes that take place as we age.

If you have comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Warmest Regards,

Heather