A lifelong passion for long-term care

One summer in college, Annette Thorson thought about working on a dude ranch in Montana, but her mother didn’t approve. Instead, Annette took a job at a local nursing home, and found her lifelong passion. She started working in laundry and then became involved in activities. “I just fell in love with it,” says Annette.

After changing her major to gerontology, Annette began her career in aging after graduation. Now, Annette is an administrator at Bywood East Health Care in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “The residents are still the best part,” says Annette. “When I have a bad day, I try to get out on the floors and have some resident contact. Usually I get back to the office in a much better mood.”

Annette says putting ourselves in the shoes of our elders is a good way to discern what is important in senior care and plan for our own older years. “How do we want to be treated one day?” asks Annette. “[Senior care] matters to all of us because if we are lucky we will all become old. How we treat people is at the core of who we are.”

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