Cecelia (CeCe) leads a very active life with her six children and nine grandchildren. She has been coming to Curative’s Senior Center for nearly a decade and enjoys bingo, dice games, swimming and movies with lots of music.
When CeCe looks down, she smiles as she reflects on the cherished necklace she wears every day. The inscription reads, “I heart you Grandma CeCe.” She talks about the importance of family and friends as she shares her story with a twinkle in her eye.
CeCe had a stroke several years ago, which left her partially paralyzed and in a wheelchair. After her husband passed away, she went to live with her son, Matt, and daughter-in-law, Linda. “Dad always promised her she would never go to a nursing home and when he passed away, we were happy to have her come and live with us,” said Matt. “My wife is at home during the day and could care for her,
but mom really loves to go to Curative and socialize with her friends.”
CeCe admits that at first she did not know what to expect because she had never attended a program at a Senior Center before. “The staff here are so funny, and I made a lot of friends right away,” shared CeCe “Now when I come here in the morning, everyone greets me, and when there is a new client, we all go out of our way to make them feel welcome.”
Matt shared that he was particularly impressed with the staff at Curative because they work with clients and their families to identify goals that support their health and encourage them to remain physically and cognitively active.
“I would recommend Curative to anyone because they really do care about their clients’ goals and well-being.”
When CeCe was younger, she used to go bowling all of the time. Now this social butterfly looks forward to bowling with her friends at Curative, especially when the student volunteers come in from Carroll University. “She just loves being with people,” said Matt. “We don’t have to worry about her during the day because we know she is in a very caring and loving place.”