Our Story

 

Jill Modell-Dion, Creator

As the creator of Aging Creative, I decided to pool together all my ideas, resources, knowledge, and experience after 30 years working in the field of geriatrics, with a specialty in memory care. My career has served seniors in both, Massachusetts and Florida.

I have worked in many healthcare environments including skilled care as a certified ADC therapeutic recreation director, assisted living as a Florida State Core trained ED, owner of a private case management service, and in several adult day care centers as director. I have supervised and trained over 200 staff employees and volunteers and I have counseled and supported hundreds of family caregivers, over the course of my career. I am now happy to share my vision for, Aging Creative.

The idea behind Aging Creative is simple, as we age we should continue to evolve, in all areas.

While we still enjoy doing the things we love, we should continue with new interests and challenges. However, for those faced with difficulty in performing routine tasks the fun should not stop. I don’t believe anyone whether they are aging or suffering from dementia should stop enjoying life, even when they encounter physical and or cognitive challenges.

While so many individuals and caregivers grieve for what they and their loved ones can no longer do, they risk the opportunity for missing out on replacement activities.  I believe each of us can still enjoy the things we always loved by approaching things differently and “at our own pace.”

As our company grows, we look forward to communicating and meeting with our Aging Creative community members, while we share our words and experiences and inspire each other for the ride ahead. -  JMD

 

  

ELLEN LaFLECHE, WRITER & CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Ellen  is the author of three poetry chapbooks: 

  • Workers Rites (2011),
  • Ovarian (2011)
  • Beatrice (2013)

She won the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Prize, Philbrick Prize, Tor House Poetry Prize and Outermost Poetry Contest.  She is an assistant judge for the North Street Book Prize at winningwriters.com and a freelance editor. 

 

 

THOMAS KEARNS, BLOG CONTRIBUTOR

Thomas, who is new to blogging, is not short of having an interesting point of view. This especially applies to tennis, which he loves and volunteering at the Friendship Centers' (FC) adult day care center, running the Wii bowling program. We asked Thomas to join our team because as a young person he has an interesting perspective on aging. Thomas also volunteers his time at the Lee County Tennis Association, helping with members participating in wheelchair tennis.  He resides in Fort Myers, with his family and when he's not working, he loves to travel.     

  
Georgia Dion * Tricia Dion * Chris Preston
                
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