As a child, Gail often accompanied her mother on visits to a local nursing home. These visits to family friends and other residents brought joy. And through the examples of both of her parents, Gail grew to cherish time with older adults from a young age.
Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, Gail attended Oregon State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design. Soon after graduation she moved to Seattle, where she worked in advertising for 16 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.
COMPASSION INFORMED THROUGH EXPERIENCE
During this time, Gail’s mom was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s. While the journey was challenging, especially as Gail was starting her own family, the many lessons she’s learned as a child visiting at the nursing home helped her family prepare for and enjoy each day. These deeply personal experiences furthered her understanding of Alzheimer’s and how best to go with the flow. It also guides the thoughtful, personalized way in which she provides companionship to Aging Wisdom clients.
Following her mother’s passing, and when her children got older, Gail went back to work, first in banking and later as a nanny. But it was volunteering at a local retirement community that became one of Gail’s greatest joys and without her realizing it, began to point her in the direction of becoming a professional caregiver.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Gail has been with Aging Wisdom since 2011, bringing her compassionate, easy going spirit to her work. Gail’s engagement with a client can range from working on a jigsaw puzzle together, spending time meal planning and then shopping for groceries, or window shopping home décor and visits to the library. Regardless of the activity, Gail makes sure that it’s personalized to the client, and that the client is safe, respected, and happy.
Her warm personality, welcoming smile, and go-with-the-flow nature makes clients feel instantly at ease. “It warms my heart to see a smile on a client’s face when I give my full attention to his or her needs.”