D’Anna M. Edison is a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist with a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Gerontology and a B.A. in Communication Theory and Psychology. She has worked with older adults for the last 20 years, having started as an activities assistant in a skilled nursing facility, then working in geriatric mental health, social work in skilled nursing, and most recently as a residential health services director at a continuing care retirement community. D’Anna’s abilities to engage, listen to and advocate on behalf of residents have prepared her well for her role as Care Manager Associate at Aging Wisdom.
She confesses that “I can’t tell a joke to save my life and when we have family get-togethers, I remember all the family stories but never the card games we’ve played hundreds of times.” This is also a reflection of the special quality she brings to each client relationship: “I have a strong desire to be present with clients. I may not be able to change circumstances, but I am willing to assist the best I can to make things just a bit easier.”
When not working, D’Anna loves spending time with her husband and daughter, getting together with friends, traveling to see family, and cheering on the Seahawks.