Serving the Elderly

Alumni story
Barbara Gentry 1993 Bristol

I served in Bristol, Tennessee, working with two separate high rises with more than 100 apartments. The majority of the residents were elderly. There were also more than 100 family units. It was the hardest years of my life, but absolutely a great period of my life. My service as a VISTA just put everything in this world in its place. 

Some of my experiences included having a senior citizen tell you about how he or she has spent the past years along in the apartment on Christmas. And for a senior citizen to call and say thank you for remember their birthday. Know how to get a senior citizen to do something? Tell him or her that they can’t! 
I’d go back tomorrow if I could. 

Decade: 1990s