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End of an Era
Celebrating the Retirement of a Special Angel
We are lucky to have many wonderful caregivers who work so hard to make our seniors’ lives better. This month, we want to celebrate one special angel who is hanging up her wings after many years in the field. Sharole Atley is a Visiting Angels caregiver who is retiring this year at the age of 90. “I will miss interacting with my clients, hearing stories about their lives, and laughing with them,” Sharole told me recently. Though she is certainly looking forward to retirement, Sharole says there will always be a place in her heart for the seniors she’s helped. “Caregiving let me feel like I was giving my clients something they really needed. I worked with one woman who struggled with Alzheimer’s, but whenever we went to Capitola and walked along the beach, she was so happy. She would smile at everyone, stopping to pet every dog and talk to all the children we met. I’ll never forget the joyful expression on her face, and I’m proud I could be part of that.”
Visiting Angels 8 1/2 years ago. The idea of going back to work after 70 sounds exhausting, but Sharole is the kind of woman who enjoys being busy.
Long before she became a caregiver, Sharole was a mother raising four children, three of whom were mentally challenged. After Sharole’s children were grown, she found herself with a lot of free time. Never one to sit around bored, Sharole volunteered in her community, played golf and bridge, and spent time with her gal pals. She even traveled to China twice with a close friend. Sharole attended the University of Oregon, and after getting her certification in alcohol addiction therapy, she hosted group therapy sessions at night for two years. Sharole leads a full, busy life, and she says that’s the key to staying mentally sharp at 90. “Read something new, take a class, start a hobby, do something that has meaning and improves the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Being young at heart is all you need to give back to your community.” Sharole, thank you for everything you have done for Visiting Angels. We will miss your smile and hope you have plenty of fun in your well-deserved retirement.
“ Caregiving let me feel like I was giving my clients something they really needed. ”
Sharole is a real sweetheart, and she is very kind and generous. I feel blessed to have worked with her for so long. Sharole began working as a caregiver when she was 72, after a friend mentioned it might be something she’d enjoy. She worked at another home-care agency for 10 years before joining us at
Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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