A few months ago, a friend of mine asked what I would choose to do if I could work in a different field. Am I right if I assume that many of us have tossed around the same question? To provide you with a little background, I have wanted to be a physical therapist since my senior year of high school, and after graduation attended a combined undergraduate/graduate program at Boston University. It’s the only field I’ve known.
Now back to the question, my immediate reply to my friend’s question was any role with National Geographic magazine would do, really. Blogger, production assistant, travel secretary, which would certainly fill my appetite for travel — you get the picture.
However, after some more serious thought, I realized my work with the elderly is what I am really excited about. Working with older adults and seeing improvements in their daily lives is rewarding. The opportunities I have to teach an exercise to increase one’s strength, to provide education to help one prevent a fall and listen to someone’s life story, and in turn build their trust, are just some of the highlights that can occur daily.
Sure the thought of traveling around the world still sounds exotic, but right now providing care in the New York City is like having the world at my finger tips.
Great story. Sometimes I feel like I have travelled the world over just from listening to the colorful stories from our members. It is true to say that we do have a rewarding job making a difference in the lives of our seniors.— Jacqueline Beckles-Stoute / December 1st, 2011 at 11:12 am
Thanks for your sharing Jacqueline! I know the elderly you work with appreciate that you take the time to listen to their life stories.— Jeffrey Jue, PT / December 8th, 2011 at 9:34 pm