Volunteer keeps seniors shouting – The San Diego Union

September 29, 2015 - Picnic Time

— Evelyn Vance mislaid both of her relatives in usually over a year during a San Marcos retirement home, though a late propagandize executive pronounced she has usually happy memories compared with a core and a residents.

Since 2011, a Del Mar proprietor has volunteered during slightest 3 days a week during Silvergate Retirement Residence and a memory caring unit. Whether it’s assisting to run activities, dancing with residents in wheelchairs or display adult in one of her 100-plus kooky homemade costumes, she’s famous for bringing fever with her wherever she goes.

“Evelyn is a hint that creates all fun. We adore her,” pronounced Fran Harmon, a three-year proprietor during Silvergate. “Every time she comes, we adore it. We all usually giggle and laugh.”

Vance, 65, pronounced volunteering with seniors has given her a new goal given she late in 2010 after 35 years with a Fontana School District. She started out in 2011 by simply attending proprietor events with her parents. Then she detected a good need for comparison companionship, quite for those with dementia-related illnesses, and she assimilated a Guardian Angels Program, a proffer module run by Glenner Memory Care Centers.

“I wish people would open their eyes to know how profitable it is to take a time to reason someone’s palm or listen to their stories,” Vance said. “It’s a Godsend for them and for their full-time caregivers.”

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Evelyn Vance, left, helps comparison from Silvergate Retirement residence, Fran Harmon during an tour to a beach in Oceanside Wednesday. print by Bill Wechter

Evelyn Vance, left, helps comparison from Silvergate Retirement residence, Fran Harmon during an tour to a beach in Oceanside Wednesday. print by Bill Wechter

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Vance is one of some-more than 200 volunteers for a Guardian Angels, that provides helpers ages 16 and adult during some-more than 40 caring centers around a county. Program Director Mark Maxwell pronounced a helpers are an critical square of a caregiving nonplus for operative adults who can’t be with their aging relatives full-time. He pronounced Vance is a standout proffer since of her effusive inlet and fun-loving spirit.

“She creates people smile,” Maxwell said. “A lot of those residents are removed and she goes out there and breaks a siege and puts them in a good mood.”

Vance was one of 7 high-achieving children lifted by Harold and Juana Vance in a L.A. area. She worked for many years as an aquatics coach, clergyman and after jaunty director. When she late 5 years ago, Vance pronounced she was looking brazen to a unique life of leisure.

“I wanted to wear shorts, live on an island and not have any hit with people for a prolonged time. But dual months after we retired, my mom had her initial episode,” she said.

Juana, who had late with her father to Del Mar, was experiencing a initial signs of dementia. At first, Vance commuted from her home in Rancho Cucamonga, perplexing to assistance her father conduct Juana’s fast disappearing mental health. After a really formidable year, she helped her relatives pierce into Silvergate. Her father practiced fast and desired a friends he done during a assisted vital center. But her mom was miserable there, so Vance became a daily participation to hearten her up.

“She hated it and wanted to hovel her approach out. She refused to go to activities so we started display adult in costumes. I’d tell her that if she didn’t go to a activities with me, we was going to go though her. She always came along,” Vance said.

Eventually, Vance had a dress for each arise and she tirelessly helped activities executive Lillian Herschleb partisan other residents for amicable events.

“Evelyn is a best proffer I’ve had in a 12 years I’ve been here,” Herschleb said. “She’s not fearful to do anything that’s required. She keeps people smiling, during happy hour she gets people dancing, she sits and visits with people who are alone and whenever there’s an activity, if she’s there, a room will be full.”

Vance pronounced anticipating a need and stuffing it comes naturally.

“I have a motto, nobody sleeps on my watch,” she said. “God gave me a present to be humorous and confident. we was put into this universe to do this.”

Vance is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, though she’s got an enterprising celebrity twice a size. In her younger years, she ran 45 marathons with her father and finished 10 Ironman World Championships. Her triathlon nickname is “Mighty Mouse,” that Silvergate residents contend suits her.

“Evelyn’s a saint. It’s healthy for her to go out of her approach to assistance people,” pronounced proprietor Grace Cerkanowicz. “I’ve never met anyone like her.”

Cerkanowicz was one of 14 Silvergate residents enjoying a cruise lunch during Oceanside Pier final week as Vance buzzed about a tables cheerfully charity cookies and drinks. Mark Turner, Silvergate’s travel coordinator, pronounced Vance sets an instance for other volunteers.

“She’s one of a kind,” he said. “She has a servant’s heart with a passion for a elderly. we wish people could learn from her giving passion.”

Guardian Angel volunteers contingency dedicate a smallest of 6 months to a module (with a extent of 16 hours per week). Maxwell pronounced many are high propagandize students earning village use hours and many hang with a module for 3 or some-more years.

Vance is in her fourth year as a Guardian Angel. She pronounced it has helped her cope with a detriment of her parents. Her father upheld in Jun 2014 and her mom died this past June. Maxwell called Vance “a trooper” since not usually did she insist on entrance behind to a core where she mislaid her parents, though she hardly took any time off to mourn.

“They can’t get absolved of me,” she joked. “This is my happy place and these people are my family. When we travel in, we can speak about my Mom and Dad since everybody knew them. It was a present my relatives gave me to be taken caring of and supposed by these people. They make me a improved person.”

pam.kragen@sduniontribune.com

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