Resident and co-worker bond over writing and poetry
Dorothy Jacobs, 93, a former English teacher, loves to write letters and poetry. A resident at Country Meadows of Leader Heights, Jacobs corresponds with friends, family members and former students and colleagues. But health issues have robbed her ability to hold and use a pencil.
That’s when she turned to Country Meadows At Home.
“I was specifically hired to be her corresponding secretary,” says Country Meadows At Home Care Associate Wanda Boone. “Every time we are together we work on some kind of correspondence. I write down Dorothy’s voice and the words she wants to share in her letters. We share a lot of happy memories and fun, silly stories.”
Jacobs taught English at Ridgeway and Shippensburg High Schools, both in Pennsylvania. Last year some of her former students held 50- and 60-year class reunions. “They shared Dorothy’s mailing address in case anyone wanted to correspond with her, and several have,” says Boone, who adds that Jacobs has a drawer filled with cards of appreciation from former student teachers and stories of how she touched their lives.