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Linda Szemenyei

Linda Szemenyei

Position: Director of Engagement

Organization: Silverado Senior Living - San Juan Capistrano


Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Linda works at our 96 bed specialty dementia community. She has been with us for 7 years.

What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
Linda says "they can", not "they can't". Dementia is not a disability to Linda. Rather it is an ability to enjoy the activities of life that those with intact memories are too self-concious or busy to engage in. She makes everyday enjoyable and worth living and helps families see the fun you can have when you are retired with memory loss. Recently she created an Orange County beach in our courtyard and residents and their families spend their days in beach chairs, feet in the sand sipping fresh fruit smoothies. Our residents have made succulent wreaths, dream catchers and love to challenge us to a competitive game of ping pong. Linda is changing life for our residents and demonstrating that life is not over when you get this diagnosis.