What We Can Learn From Senior Citizens with Wendy Putzi – 9-19-15
August 26, 2015
We continue our discussion about what we can learn from others, but this week on the other end of the life stage scale…..we explore what we can learn from senior citizens. Our senior citizens hold so much information, wisdom and stories from their own life experiences, but it can sometimes require extra compassion and patience to receive those insights. This week we speak with someone who has spent her career following her life calling serving senior citizens, and she will share her thoughts on how we can explore these rich insights and what awaits us if we are open to learning from the elderly people in our lives.
Wendy Putzi was born in Milwaukee and raised as a country girl on a hobby farm, embracing the calm, serene beauty of nature and animals. Her first job was as a nursing assistant in a skilled nursing home and she found deep connecting in caring for others, especially senior citizens. After much consideration, she felt a calling to be a nurse. She attended Columbia School of Nursing, in a program that included lots of opportunity for hands-on training and now has over 30 years of geriatric nursing experience.
Wendy’s life work has been centered around working with senior citizens, from working as a floor nurse, nursing supervisor, medicare nurse, MDS coordinator, and assistant director of nursing, all in a skilled nursing facility. She was a leader in opening a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF), an assisted living facility from the ground up, and now is Director of Nursing at Hart Park Square, a residential care apartment complex and assisted living facility in Wauwatosa, WI. Here, Wendy has found her niche.
Wendy has extended her studies into Healing Touch and Reiki energy work, as well as being a holistic health practitioner, and incorporates this into her work when caring for residents.
“I am filled with deep gratitude for the residents that have been brought into my life to serve, and the amazingly beautiful gifts that they ultimately provided me.” – Wendy Putzi