Welcome to Elder-Edge!
A place where you will find information to make aging easier. Over twenty years worth of experiences in nursing and rehabilitation centers led to the creation of Elder-Edge. I hope you find this website a valuable resource to make the aging process easier for everyone.
How I got started…
I didn’t really figure out what I wanted to do with my life until I was in my mid 20’s and decided to go back to college. Through some searching, experimenting and good fortune, I ended up in the the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at a local Tech College. My first job out of college was working with kids and that was okay… until I got a part time job working in a nursing home.
I was working with people who were in rehabilitation after a hospital stay from an injury or illness and I loved it. I helped them get stronger and find ways to be able to get back to every day life. Each person I worked with had their own situation and plan. Some people were going home to live independently while 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 people maximize their abilities and be as independent as possible.
My Reasons For Wanting To Help You
I worked in that same nursing home where I started as a COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) for 11 years. The last couple of years I was working as the Community Development Director. It was really rewarding to get out into the community and educate people on the aging process, the conditions that impact our lives as we age, and what we can do about it.
I spent a lot of time at Senior Centers and Senior Housing locations educating people about how to remain active, healthy and as independent as possible and what products and strategies they could utilize to do so. During this time I also became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and worked daily with residents, families and caregivers helping them adjust to the changes they were experiencing.
Throughout the years, working with thousands of people, it was clear that there was a need for good and reliable information that was up to date, relevant and easy to understand to help people navigate the challenges of aging.
My Goal With This Site
I am really glad that you found Elder-Edge! Regardless of where you are in your aging journey or who you are trying to help navigate the aging process, you need a place you can count on to get reliable and accurate information. 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. I want to make sure you have the information you need when you need it.
If you have comments, questions or suggestions please contact me, I would love to hear from you! Let me know what brought you to this website and if there is anything I can do to further help you.