"Just wait until you see Ms. Linda's room," I was told. "This is probably exactly what you're looking for."
Sure enough, even from the hallway, you could start to see that Ms. Linda's room was a little different than the other spaces we had passed.
Ms. Linda can be seen all over the facility: delivering the daily paper, taking part in activities, or visiting with others. Her willingness to engage with others comes with ease but should you need a reason for more, just come see the well thought, lovingly created mural of family photographs and personal achievements displayed throughout her room.
"I love photographs; I this [wall of photos] made."
We go over several of them and I learn about her life and loved ones.
"These are my cousins children and I helped to raise them. I babysat for their mother while she worked. We're a close knit family."
It's clear how proud she is to show off the life she's been surrounded with. I wasn't sure if she would be able to narrow down her favorite when I asked if she could choose just one.
“[My favorite picture is] my walk and the picture of the kids up there, the big one. I did the walk for cancer, 60 miles. I’m 70. I had breast cancer and I’m cancer free."
[It makes me feel] happy. I spend a lot of time looking at them.”