The staff at East Ridge submitted two residents for the 2016 Ziegler “Be the Difference Celebration Boards” at the recent LeadingAge national conference held in Indianapolis and they were selected.
Honored were residents Bonnie Massey and Dr. Carolyn Garwood. They were chosen for being amazing seniors who make a difference. There were life size pictures of Bonnie and Carolyn for attendees to view and their bios to read.
At age 92, Bonnie Massey wanted her family to have a keepsake. Being a matriarch for family of 24 wasn’t a sufficient. She decided she wanted to write a children’s book. And write it she did. A copy proudly sits on her coffee table, “I’m a Little Like…” by author Great Grandmother Bonnie Massie.
Demand for copies keeps growing as people share the book and want to buy more. Bonnie’s inspirational message drew on simple teachings she imparted to her children. The book’s last page summarizes this: “We may look different, but in many ways are a little but alike.” Her legacy will live on as future generations enjoy her message.
Grass root efforts challenge resident Dr. Carolyn Garwood. Passionate about scientific research and helping future generations, she thought of her East Ridge neighbors when she learned of the need for participants in a University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s study to measure early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease.
By endorsing the study and introducing it to residents, they were more receptive to participate. When East Ridge began planning for Three Palms, the new skilled nursing and assisted living community, she spearheaded the research and guided the new care initiative, “Choice and Change”, that would be adopted and will serve seniors today and for the future.
Congratulations to these two residents.