Marcie M. Jones believes that generations belong together...and she's determined to spread that message!
While in high school and college, Marcie worked as a nurse's aid in various nursing homes. She often said that it was the best job in the world because every single day she left work knowing that she had made a difference in someone's life. After college she hoped to go into nursing home administration, but was side-tracked by a corporate position in the credit world.
After 30 years, Marcie and her best friend Murt decided it was time for a change. In their "encore" careers they wanted to make a difference in the world. Murt wanted to pursue a career working with children; Marcie wanted to return to her original dream of working with seniors. They began brainstorming and searching for business options, and discovered the unique niche of Intergenerational Daycare. It seemed to be the perfect fit, and they began their journey of creating Gentog...a Loving Daycare for Generations Together.
Her passion does not end with the business day, however. For many years, Marcie's household has been multi-generational as well. For two years her Gram lived with Marcie, her husband and her children. When her son and his wife welcomed their first son, four of the five living generations were housed together in her home. Although Gram has moved on to long term care, the other three generations (which now includes a second grandson) continue to live together. One of her greatest joys is waking up to her beautiful grandsons, and bringing them with her to Gentog.
Now in her late 50's (yikes), Marcie has decided that it is time to add the title "Author" to her resume. Her first book featured ideas for activities that can be enjoyed by people with dementia and their caregivers. The ideas came from her personal caregiving journey at home and at Gentog.
Her newest title "Grandma Helen and Me" is a sweet story about the love of a little boy for his great-great-grandma, and features the story and photos of her grandma and eldest grandson. This book is perfect for sharing with young children as well as with older people suffering from memory loss.
Faith, senior care and intergenerational relationships are all topics on the horizon for this new author. Stay tuned!