Senior’s Week, June 6-12

If any of you are like me, you'll know that life can be busy at times. While I have been meaning to get a blog post up on the website for Seniors' Week for a few days now, with all of the activities going on this time of year, it's been a little tough to get to.

Despite that however, I have been thinking a lot lately about what it is that has interested me in Gerontological Nursing. In a way - I think it started about a year ago, when I invited an old friend of mine - a pastoral care worker, to speak to the AGNA Edmonton Chapter last year. As we were looking at her topic, she asked me what I liked about working in the field.

To me - every day is like a puzzle. I meet wonderful people all the time - all with varying backgrounds, histories, needs, wants, etc. I love getting to know the stories of the people I care for, and trying to meet their needs and goals. Whether I'm looking after a patient in rehab at the Glenrose, or I'm helping a student care for a senior in continuing care, it's always wonderful journey. Some seniors I've had the privilege of being able to work with for several years, others I only get to work with for a few hours.

When you have a few minutes, I invite you to sit back and reflect what it is you like best about working with seniors. Talk about it with your colleagues. We've come a long ways in the care of the older adult - yet there is so much still to be done.

All the best!

Jason Woytas, AGNA President-Elect

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