“When we are young and again when we are old, we depend heavily on the affection of others. Between these stages we usually feel that we can do everything without help from others and that other people´s affection is simply not important. But at this stage I think it is very important to keep deep human affection.”- The Dalai Lama
My name is Maggi Blessum and I am a graduate of English from Montana State University. I was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany. When I turned 18 I left Europe behind to experience Montana and study at the university.
After graduating I began an ongoing search for a job that would be, as they say, rewarding. I wasted no time gaining experience in a colorful variety of jobs such as working as a wrangler for a guest ranch, a donation specialist at a nonprofit organization, and lastly and most unexpected as an activities assistant/caregiver for a local senior community specializing in memory care.
Although the position was temporary and short lived it remains with me to this day as one of the most eye opening and challenging experiences of my life. Having never been exposed to Alzheimer’s before I had no idea what caring for someone with the disease would entail. To be honest I had no idea what caring for the elderly in general would involve. I found myself growing passionate about the spread of awareness of not only this disease but of the trials that caregivers go through on a daily basis.
I am privileged to say that I now work for a company that supplies a valuable product to those who care for the elderly, but I don’t want to stop there. It is my personal mission to create a relevant blog to those working in home healthcare, as caregivers, or who are simply interested in more information about caring for the elderly.