Elizabeth is a Wisconsin native, a lover of animals, a maker of jewelry and other art, and she ‘discovered’ the Senior Living arena when she arrived in Seattle 11 years ago. During her 30’s Elizabeth’s favorite uncle suffered a stroke which changed his life overnight—she got a sudden ‘Smack’ into the reality of challenges facing our seniors. At the same time, she was doing research support on a US base at the South Pole—and in that environment of sharing space, working together to create a functional community, making their own fun in off-hours—led her to a fuller appreciation of what Senior Living communities make possible for their residents. Each person—staff, residents and family—brings gifts and talents and challenges that all become part of the flavor of a community.
Elizabeth’s first role in the Retirement world was as an Activity Director. “I told people I was being paid to have a wonderful time with amazing people—it seemed impossible that this was a job! Once I took on directing a dementia-care community, I was hooked. There is something about the fact that dementia allows for living in the moment—nay—DEMANDS it, that I love about working with those who are impacted by the disease. Dementia is fraught with what we know to be tragic and sad…but there are also possibilities created for families and communities to rise to the challenges and become closer, more creative, and more connected. That is what is so exciting about this effort. Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle will be an endeavor unlike any I’ve taken on, and I am so excited to see our new residents flourish in the environment we create together!”