Advocating for and giving a purposeful life to those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is the mission of Mind & Memory Care Director Mirlene Desrosiers.
Mirlene was born in Haiti and raised in France. It was the Catholic education she received there that instilled her with a passion for caring for the elderly.
She went on to study nursing at North Shore Community College when she decided to focus on caring for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Since then, “I have devoted myself to helping others understand the effect of this unfortunate circumstance and turn the situation into a purposeful activity,” she says.
Mirlene has worked in health care for 30 years, first serving as a resident care associate. She was quickly promoted through the ranks and has held leadership positions for almost two decades.
The best part of her job is “When a resident is walking toward me with their arms open and saying, ‘I love you’ first thing in the morning,” Mirlene says. “Seeing their eyes, smiles of happiness, singing and dancing bring me joy.”
When she is not caring for Mind & Memory Care residents at The Commons in Lincoln, Mirlene catches up on sleep and spends time with her five grandchildren.