Caring for the Elderly


MASONCITY, Iowa – Maddy Benson may only be in the 3rd grade, but she’s sure of what she wants to do when she grows up.

“I think it’s fun to interact with older people cause they always have such funny stories to tell about when they were younger,” she says.

Maddy wants to work at the Oakwood Care Center when she turns 16.

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The folks at Oakwood found out about her career aspirations, and wanted to make a special trip to let Maddy and her classmates know what it’s like to work at a nursing home.

“It was really fun, it felt really special to have them all come and talk about their jobs,” Maddy adds.

“We thought that was such a wonderful sentiment coming from a third grader that we wanted to come today and talk to all the kids about all the different options of jobs that they could possibly have at a nursing home,” explains Katie Mason from Oakwood.

With the baby boomer generation getting older, the need for care workers is growing.

So it makes sense that the staff is trying to spark an interest in the children, to inspire them to work at the place like Oakwood when they grow up.

“There are so many jobs and children now might not think that working with seniors is an option for them but they may learn that boy, these people have a lot to offer and I like listening to their stories this might be a good career for me to spend time with seniors caring for them and helping them,” adds Mason.

And Maddy knows working with the elderly will be more than just a job.

She says, “Nursing homes aren’t just about old people and how you have to help them.”

The staff didn’t just speak to the class today, they also donated school supplies and books to the students.

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