My buddys name was Irene, she was an 86 year old woman who was born Kansas. She lived throught the dust bowl and had even written a book about it. She never liked to write but after her husband passed away he left such a big impression on her so she write a book and shared it with the world. She grew up as a muscian who was taught by her pastor. Her mom payed for there lessons through chickens and eggs, after high school she went to a private school in indiana named Andrerson. She met her husband in college right after he left the navy and went back to school. He wanted to be a pastor and go to USC which brought her and husband out to California. After college they travled across California to preach. After years of preaching she got a Stroke and become unable to to play music. Her husband passed away six weeks ago.
My buddys name was Joe, He is 78 years old and was born in Texas. He served in the army and mostly dealed with selling missles to foreign countires. He has travled a lot through the world and if we had more time he would probably explain most of his adventures. He was not into sports very much but Joe really enjoyes astranomy. It seemed like he wasn't to interested into sharing his experiences at the moment, but I hope as time progresses he will become more outgoing and become comefortable with sharing his stories.
My Brookdale Buddies name is Phyllis. She was originally for Vancouver, Canada and moved to San Diego with her husband. Phyllis likes to write poetry and uses them to write letters to her family members. She told us that she feels the most comfortable writing her feelings through poems. Phyllis did not speak of schooling after high school, but I do know that she has 3 kids. She is 94 years old and has traveled around the world. Phyllis is a sweet elderly woman who has lost her husband but likes to discuss loss, to explain her strength. I feel that Phyllis has a great memory and can explain many details of her past. I look forward to learning more about Phyllis and being able to help her remember some positive life experiences too.
The woman I talked to today was named Dani, she was 90 years old and a retired nurse, she was born in 1928 (Not to sure I remembered that correctly) and will be turning 91 on December 5th. Dani was a nurse for almost 20 years and live din New York most of her life, she was youngest daughter to her parents and had an older sister. Her older sister died at 65 and a month later her husband died. Dani survived the great depression and many other casualties. She told us she hated reading for the most part of her life but has now grown so found of it that she is reading three books at the same time. Dani married her husband in 1950 and had two son's, with them combined she ended up with 4 grandkids. Dani has memory issues and would often relate her facts or blank on other facts of her life, the more we talked how ever the better it seemed she was into the conversation and would remember more. I am going to enjoy this project greatly and I can't wait to learn more about Dani's life.
My person's name was Bill. He was the husband of the couple in the group. I asked him quite a bit about what memories were most clear and detailed. He said that his childhood held his clearest memories and he told us about how he used to live in Seattle, but travelled as he got older for his Dad's job. On these travels he fell in love with San Diego. We talked a lot about his travels for college and how that split him from his wife only to be reunited with her later and realizing they were right for each other all along.
I really enjoyed the meet and greet with my Brookdale buddy! When i was younger i used to go to elderly "retirement" homes, which seemed more like a place the residents kids threw them so they wouldn't live at their house, and i realized how happy these elderly people seem. They didn't seem depressed and the staff was kind and got to know the residents on a personal basis. I was surprised the lady who was introducing them knew so much about them and memorized the info!
I also found it interesting on how specific events were continually touched on by my buddy. She said that her husband died in 93 and it seemed like everything else she told us somehow lead back to her husbands death.
From what she told my group and I already, she seems like a very interesting individual and i'm genuinely looking forward to meeting with her and listening to her stories. Apparently she traveled the world..!?
My Brookdale Buddies name is . She is 80 year old lady from England. When she was 22 she moved to New York where she met her husband. Eleven years ago she moved here, in California, because her sons are here. I was amazed with her power of remembering every single detail from her life. We were told about her childhood during a World War 2. That was one of the hardest part of her life. She has even said that the best moment of her life was the ending of the war. We were talking about traveling. She has been in Australia, New Zealand, many countries in Europe. But the nicest place for her is Italy because of history. I am so exciting for the next meeting and I love this project.
My buddy's name was Paul. He grew up in Colorado and has lived in Oregon, Alaska, and now California. He was drafted into the navy at 18 and served as an electrician for two years, stopping in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Japan. Then he went to college in Oregon where he met his first wife at a roller skating rink. They had 3 daughters and travelled all over Europe and America together, even living on a houseboat. He met his second wife at Leisure World, a retirement community in California. He didn't go into much detail with his answers, but he was willing to answer and I think he'll be more open with us next time.
My buddies name is Dorothy. She is 90 years old and born in Bristol Connecticut. She has 4 stepchildren and an abundance of grandchildren that she has never seen on account that she is legally blind. She was deemed so self reliant that some of the other residents thought she could see perfectly. When asked the question "Have you had ups and downs in your life?" She answered quickly "Life is like my blood pressure; it fluctuates." The whole time I was talking to her I was amazed by her ability to keep smiling, even if a question brought up a load of bad memories. She said her favorite music artist to listen to was Frank Sinatra, then she went on to say how he was a good friend of hers. We then asked her if that was the only famous person she was friends with, she then admitted to having a fling with Artie Shaw in Hawaii, and spending the day with Angela Lansbury. One of the last things she said to us was "I have lived my life surrounded by interesting people, and I have lived a regret-less life." She is the most interesting person I have ever met. I wish we could visit them sooner, It will be so hard to wait till next Tuesday.
Today I met my buddy who's name is Lou. Lou was so awesome to meet he was a funny guy who honestly just loves everyday of his life. I asked him a lot of questions about his life but the main thing he always came back to was that life was treating him good and that he couldn't complain. He was such a nice guy. Every aspect that we hit of his life was so fascinating to hear about. I kept thinking to myself that wow he is so amazing. He fought in two wars, he lived on the beach, and he loved everything about life. When I grow old I want to be just like him!!
My Brookdale buddy was really inspiring. Her, 98 years old, and her husband, 100 years old, were completely inseparable and would only answer questions together. They met at their mutual friend's sweet 16 birthday party and married a few years later. In total, they have been married for 80 years. They had their first child when she was 21, who is now 81. Their youngest child is in their late 60's. They have 11 grandchildren, and many great-great grand children, the youngest at age 4. I loved this couple. They were so incredibly sweet and were so obviously in love. When we asked them what their favorite songs were, they even started to sing them. I was really inspired by this couple and they put a huge smile on my face. I can't wait to get to know them even more as this project goes on because they truly are amazing people that have been through a lot together. Just from the little I heard from today about their lives, I was very moved by their stories and I am really thankful that I get to hear them.
Today I met my buddy she was really cool she was very social. Shea and I asked her a lot of questions about her life like where she has been to and how old she is. She was seventy seven years old, and she really liked to travel. It was nice talking to her she had a lot of interesting things to say about her life, and past experiences. She was originally from Michigan, and she moved to California in 1968. She used to live near Las Angeles, but she left to go to San Diego, because her kids live here. It was cool how much she had to talk about.
Today I mt my Brookdale buddy John. We introduce ourselves, and we started asking him simple questions. After a little bit of Q and A, he started talking about his life. He lived and grew up in New York, but traveled all over due to his job. When he was younger, he joined the draft at the end of the korean war. He told us that he remembers how California used to look, and how certain places were in the country. I really liked to talk with him and listen to his stories.
My Brookdale buddy was Kirsten. She was a very interesting and independent woman. She has been living at Brookdale for about two years and has been enjoying Brookdale very much. Kirsten would not tell me her age or what year she was born but I learned that she has lived and experienced many different places all over the world. She was born and raised in Denmark. In 1950 her and her husband moved by leaving Denmark. I don't exactly remember where because there was a great many places she lived, but I know after she left Denmark she lived in Germany, Indonesia, Oklahoma ,and many others. Her favorite place was Indonesia. She enjoyed it so much because of how beautiful it was and the great life she had there. She told us that while living there her and her husband had 5 servants to take care of cooking, driving them around, taking care of the gardens, and so on. Brookdale kind of reminds her of Indonesia because people are there to help her and to serve on her. To go back to talking about her husband, they were married for almost 52 years. He died in 2011 after being sick for two years. While he was sick in the hospital Kirsten tripped and broke her hip. This was upsetting for her because she enjoys walk immensely But can not any more. I can not wait to learn more about Kirsten and what else has happen in her life.
My buddy was really awesome! Her name was Pat, and she was in her late eighties. She was very nice and mentally sharp. Her parents were circus performers who put her with a foster family when she was four. The World War hit when she was in high school. Because her mother was so absent in her life, she was determined to be a good mother for her children; she spent her third decade thus. She later became a model in her thirties. Even though she lacks formal musical training, she enjoys singing, and directs a sing-along at Brookdale.
I really do look forward to meeting her again.
My buddy's name is Helen, and she's 95 years old. She had a lot of trouble remembering her life (which is totally understandable), so it was difficult to gather exactly what her experiences were. From what she told me, she is of Hungarian ancestry, and was born in Brooklyn in 1920. She moved to Los Angeles when she was three, and attended Jewish schools. She went to college for a year, but ended up dropping out. She loves cooking, travelling, skiing, singing, dancing, and meeting new people. The most interesting part about her, in my opinion, was that she was a pilot! She flew with her husband and by herself all over California, which is something that was really rare at the time. She also is a big Obama fan; she talked incessantly about how great she thought he was. The questions about her past stumped her, though; she couldn't remember how she met her husband, or how she learned to fly. She had trouble recalling the names of her kids. My plan for next week is to research major events that happened and show her (non-traumatic) pictures of them. She mentioned that she is very visual, and pictures of the albums or movies or a map of the US might jog her memory. I think she has a lot of wisdom to offer us, I just have to work a little harder to get it out of her! :)
My buddy that I was assigned to was named Harlin. He was a war veteran who is a really reconciled man within the army. He had two sons, one who is no longer with us. He also had a wife who he adored for 70+ years and married for 63 years. He had gone into the military to raise money to buy a house for his wife in garden grove. His one son who is still here works at the San Onofre powerplant. Harlin and his son are going to take place on an honor flight that the government fully pays for. It is a tour through Washington DC and all the national monuments. His favorite hobby was playing piano and spending time with his family. Overall, he was a great gentleman and will be a joy to work with.
Today was an interesting experience, most of the time that I was there, I was taking photographs of the Brookdale buddies so I got to hear segments of multiple people's storys. It was very interesting to hear some of the things that these people had experienced in their life, the man paired with our Group had been drafted into the military at age 18 and had experienced the second world war. Many of the people had gone Through many hardships such as losing loved ones throughout their life. However there were some people, such as the married couple, who were still in contact with their loved ones, and even still married. I look forward to going back to Brookdale to hear more of our buddies story.
My buddies name was Jim, and although he acted tough and said he was signed up for this last minute, he came prepared with a typed page about his life, hitting main points such as his schooling, jobs, and family. I did the interview solo, and he mainly talked about his schooling and job in the Navy, wife (who passes away), other jobs, and kids. He cracked a few corny jokes that made me laugh as well, and before he would tell them he'd look around to see if anyone was watching! When I asked him about his family he wasn't that enthusiastic, but when I asked about his friends he really lit up and told me a lot about the people he's met in the home. I'm really excited to talk to him more, as it was kind of hard for him to hear me when I asked questions and I want to get the opportunity to ask him more.
The lady that I met today was really young at heart and had a lot of energy! Her name was Mary. She had had 13 brothers and sisters of which many were in famous wars. One of her sisters was in showbusiness and married a very famous actor. His last movie was one with Tom Cruise. She had 3 sons. Two of them have past away but one of them is in his late fifties, is married and lives in Hawaii. She used to be married but she divorced her husband about 20 years ago and has lived on her own. Not long ago she still lived in her own apartment in Encinitas, overlooking Rancho Santa Fe. There she had a "sports car with a sunroof and all" to get her around town. She loved the independence of living alone, but after falling a few times she was advised by her son to move to Brookdale. She is full of energy! Just one small fact to prove this is that she will be going skydiving for her 89th birthday!
I really like my buddy, Ann Taylor, who is extremely sweet and frank about her life's effects. We introduced each other and chatted nicely for most of the hour. She has been through a lot, and I think there is still a lot to talk about, but she will be a good buddy for me. I think I can help give her a lot of pride about her life accomplishments, and maybe even help her realize her heritage. She says even as an old woman, she doesn't know who she is.
My buddies name was Paul. He grew up in Oregon but traveled around the world a whole lot while he was growing up. He has been married twice and has 3 children. He was drafted into the navy as an electrician and traveled to many places with that job including japan where he went to the giant buddah statue with his naval buddies. He was nice and had an interesting story but it was easy to tell he was holding a lot back. Hopefully he will share more during our next visits.
My buddy was named Nancy, she was sweet, quiet and pretty shy, but I could tell that she loved to tell stories just by how she got so into it. I have never visited a retirement home and it was quiet an experience getting to meet everyone and sharing our with my class afterwards.
Nancy had traveled the world and had plenty of funny stories to tell us. We could tell that she was excited for our project and was eager to help in every way possible! A lot of what she said was humorous with some sensitive moments and I was not sure if whether or not she was going to start crying! However a lot of the things that she had said were pretty vague and I hope that next time we go and visit her she'll open up to us. :)
My Brookdale Buddies were a couple. The wife was 98 years old, and the husband was 100! Their life was really interesting from what I heard in the 10 short minutes I chatted with them. They had 3 kids, with the eldest being 81, the other being 76, and the youngest being 63. The husband had worked as a radio repair man when he was 16, and had met his soon-to-be wife at a friend's sweet 16 when he was 18 and she was 15 and a half. They married when they were 19 and 17, and moved to San Diego from New York when they turned 21 and 19. That's what I learned in the short period that I had talked to both of them, and I hope to learn LOTS more the next time I see them.
The name of my amazing body is Patrisha or Pat how she wanted us to call her.
Her parents worked as performers for a circus. Through this they had to travel a lot and brought Pat to a foster family.
She had great memory of her life during High school. In her opinion school was easier in her time and it was much more fun because there were not so many rules and the kids behaviour was different in way she prefered.
After some smaller jobs she made it as model and later worked for the TV what she was very proud of. Next time we meet her i will have to ask her what she was exactly doing in the TV (Unfortunately this was a part i didn't understand everything).
She got married two times and the first marriage lasted for 40 years and she got a child out of it.
Her hobby especially is singing. She told us a awsome story about how she started singing: As kid she went to a senior living community exactly as we did. There she was told she could do whatever she wanted
to amuse the persons sitting sleepy in front of her. She didn't really know what to do so she only started singing and the seniors started singing with her.
That is the story how she got to her Hobby she still is doing. One afternoon a week she gets to a acapella group as a tenor.
It was really interesting to speak with her and i look forward to talking with her again.
Meeting my Brookdale buddy today was very interesting. I want to say his name was Joe, but I will honestly say that I'm not entirely sure. He worked with missiles and was a salesperson to other countries. He traveled all over Europe and the Middle East, selling bombs and fighter planes to different governments. He says that he facilitated the sale of a large amount of bombs and planes to Iran, before there was conflict with the U.S. This man, possibly named Joe, lived a very interesting and full life, but he was reluctant to share stories with us. Asking questions was feeling very awkward, because it was all us, very much like an interrogation. However, I really liked Joe and hope to be able to hear more detailed stories about his life.
The lady that I met today was Dani Foster, she was an amazing person. She was born in 1923, happened to live through the great depression. She had talked briefly, but beautifully about what life was like in that time period. She has had a very unique life full of its interesting moments, as well as its downsides. Losing her older sister at the age of 65, and then her husband a month later. I feel like she has a lot to share, and I am really looking forward to working with my group, great people, and telling her story. I can not wait to go back!
Our person's name was Irene and boy did she have a story to tell. We grew up in the Dust Bowl (for those who don't know, the dust bowl was a place that was ravaged daily by huge dust storms that would destroy crops and property) with 3 sisters. They all played instruments as a hobby and they all went to church and participated in the music there. Eventually they all went off to college and Irene studied the musical arts. She eventually got married (her husband died 3 weeks ago, very sad) and they moved into multiple locations in San Diego. Irene seems very open and definitely liked to talk which is fun to listen to as it discusses events that we talk about in history books. Though her memory could be a little erratic at times I look forward to hearing more about her.
My brookdale buddy's name was Mary. She was half german and half irish. She had 2 brothers that were in the war and one passed away in the war. She was married to this celebrity. She moved around a lot, her kids are in their 50's. One died of a heart attack when he was only 57. The all live in Oregon.On her next birthday she is turning 97, she decided she is going sky diving with her daughter in law. She was a really interesting person, can't wait to learn more about her.
My buddy's name is Dorothy, and she is a very soft spoken and interesting person. I felt that she was keeping a lot information from us but who can blame her. She lived her life in a adventurous manner, she traveled to different location, for example, New York and Hawaii. She was a secretary MGM, and had the pleasure to meet Frank Sintara. Our interview went well but I had the feeling that she holding in a lot information. I don't think she is trying to, but it seems that she has trouble memorizing the past. We didn't get to ask to many questions because I didn't want to bring any sad emotions of some sort.
My brookdale homie's name is Phillis Howard. She is an amazing woman who has lived a happy life. She was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1920. She was about 22 when she met her soon to be husband. She was a dancer, singer, and actor, before they got married. Once they got married her husband had to move for work, and they moved to San Diego California. Her and her husband worked in what I remember as the FOA as apart of the United Nations. After about two years he got sick and stopped working. Her husband later got prostate cancer and passed away. This is when Phillis got into poetry. Before her husband died, they had three kids Bruce, Wendy, and and one more I forget his name. She then became a great grandma lived comfortably. She now lives in the Brookdale palace.
My Brookdale buddy is John, he did not say his age. He is a really interesting and fun person to talk to. He lived in many different places in the U.S and was part of the Army reserve. His job made him travel alot but he did not tell us what his job was. We found out about his job because Sdjra's group interviewed his wife and she said that he was a special agent in the FBI. He asked us about our lives and where we were born and grew up. I am looking forward to the next time I talk to him.
My brookdale buddy was Mary. She is a very unconventional senior citizen who is by far one of my favorite conversations i've ever had. She is 89 years old and is the 3rd eldest of 13 brothers and sisters. She is 88 now but in a few weeks she will be turning 89 and will be skydiving to celebrate. That alone is a story in initself, while also having 3 children who 2 have passed away in very tragic events and 1 that is still alive. She had 2 brothers served, one was a marine the other was army. James "Jim" O'Connor was her brother who served in the marines and was in the first days of Iwo jima and was part a flamethrower. Unfortunately while he had cleared several Japaense bunkers he was shot and killed and received the Purple Heart x2 and the Silver Star. Her other brother was discharged due to knee injury.
My brook dales buddies name was Nancy. She was born in Connecticut and moved to California over twenty years ago with her husband. She worked for a ketchup company for seventeen years then quite to open a pet shop. She kept it for about two years then she sold it. Her husband died from lung cancer after that. She has a brother that lives in new york and has three kids. She lovesFrank Sinatra and loves living at brooks dale.
I am blessed to have two Brookdale buddies-a married couple! The wife is 98 years old and her husband is 100 years old. They have three children ranging in age from 63 to 81 years old. Sadly, I was unable to meet them today due to a cold. I can not wait to meet my couple!
One hundred years ago, World War I began, the price of a postage stamp was 2 cents, and the first red and green traffic lights were installed. Sevenly-nine years ago when my buddies moved to San Diego, the Old Globe Theatre opened in Balboa Park and the price of a postage stamp had gone up to 3 cents.
My brookdale buddy conversation was kind of awkward when I ran out of things to say. I learned some interesting things but because my group was split into thirds and it was just me, It was difficult trying to get a conversation going. But we did manage to talk about some things. I found out she was a dancer for most of her adult life. The room was very loud so it was hard for her to hear me, and it was hard for me to hear them, but in the end I thought it was a very interesting meeting. And I am sure the rest of the project will turn out better.
Today I spoke with a mane names John. We started off with introductions, and he told us about his life. He was raised in New York, and after high school he joined the army, against his mother's wishes. He was in training for about one year, somewhere out of New York, before being transferred back up to new York to a training camp neat the Canadian border. There he spent his time being trained and training other people. He has a wife, two sons, one with a family and one without. After an overview on his life, he asked each of our group members theirs, and we happily complied.
My buddy's name was Helen. She is 95 years old, was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to California when she was 3. She loved to sing, dance, cook, and hang out with family. You can really tell that she was very passionate for her family. She gave up dates just to be with them, which I thought was pretty heart warming. Another thing that was very interesting was that she was a pilot. She would fly to all these different places with her husband.
My Brookdale Buddy’s name is Kirsten. She wouldn’t tell us her age, but she was born outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has lived in a variety of places, including the Netherlands, Jakarta, Indonesia, Germany, Oklahoma, and now here. She was married for 52 years before her husband died after being sick. She broke her hip while he was in the hospital and is now in a wheelchair. She seems very optimistic and happy and seems to have enjoyed her life very much. She speaks English, German, Danish, Dutch, and some Indonesian. She was surprised when I told her I could say ‘rødgrød med fløde”, a Danish dessert that’s known to be very hard for non-Danes to pronounce. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this project, I was lucky to be paired with such a cool lady!
The brook dale buddy I had was very cute she was very intelligent and kind gave me good insight on thing like exersice and diet. I asked her what her secret to longevity was a she said move around a lot and eat good. She had very interesting stories about her husband and how he served in ww2. Very cool expience
I had an interesting experience today. I was taking the photographs for our class' Brookdale Buddies. I was able to meet and talk to my Buddy, though. His name was Paul, and from the very short amount of time I had with him, I heard that he lived in Oregon, Alaska, and California. He was drafted into the military at 18, and was also able to travel the world. He seemed to be happy to meet us, but I feel like he wasn't prepared enough or isn't comfortable enough with us to give us as much information as we'd like to hear eventually. I've never been in a nursing home, and I thought it was pretty much a hotel, but it was housing and taking care of the elderly. Lastly, while going around to everyone and taking pictures, I was able to hear little snippets of the different conversations, which was really interesting. I think the most common thing that I heard today was about being drafted.
That was so much fun! It was a little weird at first being in a senior home because I could never see my grandma in a place such as this but I found that it seemed to be a pretty nice place. Although our buddy said that it was her husbands idea living there, and that she would have rather stayed in her own house because she misses it and cooking her own food (She said that the food there sounded pretty good but they could never really cook it right!). Anyways, our lady that we had the pleasure to meet grew up in England during war times. She talked about how she remembered all of the children being evacuated inland for safety, being given a small food ration, and being eight years old when a buzz bomb landed just three miles away from her! She grew up with a twin sister, another sister and her mother (her dad died when she and her twin were only two years old). From when she was 22 years old she moved and traveled from place to place going to New York, getting married and living in Pennsylvania, and going on cruises and trips to Venice, New Zealand, Australia and many more places in Europe.
I found it to be so incredible that she has so much life experience and there are so many crazy, funny, or traumatizing experiences that she has lived through like how her first son was stabbed 48 times in tHE HEAD! Luckily Bryan (her son's name) survived and only just had one noticeable scar she had talked about how she felt and what they as a family went through and I just couldn't get enough of this lady. She was awesome and I can't wait to talk to her again!
My Brookdale buddy was a couple who had been married for 80 years. This was very inspiring and interesting to me because I have never met someone or even heard about someone being married that long. They also talked to us about how they first met each other and how everyone told them their marriage would never last. Another thing that I found very surprising was their oldest son was in his late 70s. I thought that this was really inspiring that there family has been able to live such long and healthy lives.
My buddies name is Chaikie(the C is silent), she is *5 years old and was born and raised in New York. In the short amount of time we had together I managed to learn so much about her. She was born 2 months before the Great Depression hit, she later attended Hunter college, which was previously an all girls school, and she aspired to be a teacher. She started working at a daycare and later became a teacher in public school. She was fired because she got pregnant and the school's principal was very religious. Later found a new job in New Jersey, after 44 years of etching she finally retired. I also learned that my buddy was really passionate about theatre.She used to be a stage manager. Overall the meeting went well, I was a little nervous because I have to do the project by myself, but so far it's not really a problem.
My brookdale buddy was a elder lady in her late 70s. She grew up in England during WWII and when she was 8 a buzz bomb went off 3 miles from her house. At the age of 22 she came to America and lived in New York City. Then she met her husband. Later she lived in Pennsylvania and later California. She has two sons, one of which was stabbed 40 times and lived. She had an interesting life and I feel the meeting went fell. I look forward to the next time the class goes there.
Today was such a great experience! My brookdale was a really nice lady named Jaydeene. She was born in Oregon in the 30's. Eversince she was young she had the talent to sing. Her singing was so good that she was able to play on the radio as a soprano soloist. In her highschool years she was able to work at bank of america which was really fascinating. Her husband fought during ww2 and since the marines were stationed all over the U.S, her and a couple friends got a trailer so they can travel alongside. Her husband died in Febuary. Jaydeene has 2 children that live throughout the U.S and 2 grandchildren that reside in Oceanside and Temecula.
My brookdale experience was a little different, instead of having one brookdale buddy I had two. They were an inseparable couple named Sam and Blanch, they have been married for 80 years, that's five times longer than I've been alive. It's amazing that anyone has been married that long. Sam is 100 and Blanch is 98, both of them have amazing life stories that I'm ready to hear, so many things can happen in 100 years and I want to find out what the best parts of those years. I can't wait to find out more about their lives
My Brookdale Buddy was the BEST! I loved getting to know her and her story. As fun and as light as she was, she also gave some great advice- live your life to the fullest extent or you will have wasted this life that's been given to you. She was truly a kind soul and lit up as she talked about her family, specifically her kids (and her choice in men. Her words, no mine!) Something I took away from this is that my life will lead me to places I cannot picture or fathom now. For my Brookdale Buddy it was to the retirement home- to me it's who knows where. But I do know one thing- I'll carry her words of wisdom with me.
I really enjoyed this visit. The women that Justin and I were assigned to is really interestig and nice. She was born in 1930 and was married for almost 65 years. She is 84 years old and was a soprano soloist. She has been singing since she was two and was on a radio show when she was in her twenties. At age 16 her father passed away so her family wasn't left with much money. She then got a job after school at Bank of America. She was married at age 19.
I am really looking forward to spending more time with her and learning more about her life. I think it would be really interesting if we could find a clip from her radio show and add that to her sound track.
Today we met our elderly person that we will be spending a bunch of time with over the course of a few weeks. My guys name was Lou! He seems super nice and happy with his life! We learned about how he grew up during the depression and his dad was in WWII. We also got to know about his cat that he has back in his room that his son gave him as a companion. He seems to really enjoy life and I think that is the most important thing to be able to say when you're that old!
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