This piece was first published in Rockhurst University Magazine.
Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the subject of experiences. I’ve always been fascinated with human behavior and became curious about the concepts of how we have experiences, what enhances them, and how we can prepare ourselves to take full advantage of them.
Amid my intrigue and studies, I was fortunate to be able to help my sisters take care of my mother during the last few years of her life. I looked forward to providing experiences that would help strengthen her body, mind, and spirit. I was well equipped to take on this role after working nearly 34 years as a physical therapist teaching patients and families the skills of mobility and caregiving.
What I didn’t know going into this adventure was that I was needed more as a daughter than I was for my medical advice. I found out that my four sisters and I had our own set of unique eyes to see and know what our parents...
Welcome to my very first blog post! What an exciting time to write about the subject of aging and caregiving.
I want to share my passion for healing and healthy living. One reason is that this information is very needed—we eventually all fall into the category of aging and caregiving. Also, I have a unique perspective from an over 30-year career as a physical therapist and as a daughter who was a caregiver for aging parents. These two roles of instructor and participant give me a broad viewpoint.
I spent many years working in the healthcare field, gathering information, and honing my skills as a clinician in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. My particular interests found their home in the creative use of multidisciplinary group therapy. I became fascinated with how the group-based interactions elevated patients to participate and reach their highest level of function.
My creative and driven personality led me to develop group therapy into a...