During the month of February, we celebrate activity staff members who make Parsons Presbyterian Manor a great place all year long! Their creative ideas, events, programs and outings make for a better quality of life. We asked activity staff members Jackie Wertz and Billie Wertz a few questions about their role here.
[caption id="attachment_6419" align="alignright" width="295"] Ruth Green enjoys frosting some delicious sugar cookies.[/caption]
Why do you like your job?
Jackie: I love my job and can see myself doing this for a long time. Some of my favorite things about my job are the little things that the residents get excited about and seeing the enjoyment that an activity brings to their life. One of my favorite activities is going on scenic drives and hearing the history from some of our seniors about the areas they lived in and hearing family stories.
Billie: I really enjoy interacting with the residents and getting to know them and their family histories.
Why are activities important?
Jackie: Activities are very important for our seniors because it gives them something to look forward to and keeps them active. Some of the things that I work on are getting more volunteers in to help with increasing daily activities and getting more community members involved.
Billie: I feel activities are a big benefit because they keep people active and help with cognitive memory skills. Residents throughout the campus agree that having daily activities is a very important part of their lives. They all look forward to having things to do and like the socialization that comes with getting together.