This October, we recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, many campaigns are run to increase awareness and raise funds research.
Did you know? August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day. This day was created to honor and show appreciation to the seniors in our lives. It gives us a chance to celebrate their achievements and express the value they hold in our lives.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.
It’s true what they say: happiness is a choice. And everyone wants to be happy, right? But as we age, certain things happen that are unexpected and beyond our control. Stressors of younger days might be replaced by new worries of health and independence. Priorities shift from planning for the future to focusing on the present. New worries are alleviated by a different approach to finding happiness.
Knowing your calling early on is not something everyone has the chance to experience, but for Calvin Diekmann, knowing he was destined to work with seniors came at an early age. “I love working with the elderly and always have since my grandparents passed away when I was a teenager,” Calvin said. “I always knew that’s where I would be.”
Calvin has been part of Vista Prairie Communities since 2003. He started out in Memory Care at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates Senior Living Community as a Care Provider working weekends only. His love for VPC and its mission grew and he soon became Goldfinch’s Program Coordinator. In April 2012, Calvin took the next step with VPC and accepted a role as Executive Director at Vista Prairie at Fieldcrest Senior Living Community.