Written by Link Wentworth resident Anne
Up until a year ago I was working as a social worker at Ryde Hospital. I had to retire due to medical reasons. I worked there for 15 years. I went through TAFE to help my kids and then I completed a Bachelor of Social Work at the age of 49.
I have a great connection with older people and great respect for them. I loved that we gave 100-year-old people rehab. No matter what age they were, our aim was to get them back home.
I have gone through being married and needing housing to being a sole parent and back to work for 15 years. My husband left when our daughter was eight weeks old. Now, I live with my son who is 38. He has Asperger’s syndrome and arthritis and a few health conditions. I also have a son and a daughter who have four children each.
I enjoy being out in the garden. I can’t get down on my hands and knees anymore, so my son does a lot of the work. I like finding new plants for the house. It is comfortable to be here, it is my home where I can read or be with my grandchildren.
Since I am retired, I was given the opportunity to join the Tenant Advisory Group (TAG) to share my knowledge and give back to the community. I have great insights from my working life and being a resident. I also like activities like the End-of-Year Events where I get to meet other residents.
This article originally appeared in the March 2022 edition of Link Wentworth’s resident newsletter.