Meet Deb, just one of the shining stars at our agency! A little more about Deb:
“My name is Deb Anderson, I am a Family Caregiver Specialist with Aging Resources of Central Iowa, where I’ve been employed for the past 3 years. My passion for helping people was awakened at a young age by my parents, for they demonstrated firsthand the true meaning of ‘do unto others’ as they housed and cared for their own aging parents; acts of love, I might add, that had been passed down from the generation before them. Little did I know at that time how much my life (both professional as well as personal) would be affected by this unconditional love. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, I began my career as a nursing home Social Worker, later moving into the world of Home Care, where I spent over 26 years as a Service and Case Manager for a small non-profit home health agency before joining Aging Resources of Central Iowa.
My mom’s dementia became apparent shortly after my father passed away unexpectedly. For the next 13 years, I was mom’s ‘lead’ caregiver. I managed her health care, medications, assisted with groceries, meals, transportation, and bathing, all while raising my own family. All our activities included mom; we didn’t try to squeeze time in our busy days for mom, instead we chose to create our days around mom and her needs. Easy to say, challenging to do at times, but it worked for us. Looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing and I realize I have been blessed with a close, supportive family, because what was possible for us isn’t always possible for everyone in similar situations.
It is because of my own experiences that, in my role as Family Caregiver Specialist, I can appreciate the fact that we each have a different story. We are placed in an exclusive position in life, with unique gifts, life challenges, success, and failures. We all see things differently, and it is my goal as a Caregiver Specialist, to be that person that families can look to for unbiased, non-judgmental support and guidance while navigating the journey of caregiving.”
Thank you, Deb, for your care and compassion to caregivers and the older adult population!