Denise B. Scott is the new sponsor of GG’s chapter at Wallington High School in Wallington, NJ. She first became involved in the healthcare industry during her undergraduate and graduate years. As a student at the University of Scranton, she majored Gerontology and later went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Health Administration at Cornell University. For many years, Denise worked as an administrator in various assisted living and skilled nursing communities across the tri-state area. Now, she owns her own company, Denise B. Scott, LLC, which aids care organizations in finding the right tools to improve the lives of their residents and staff.
1. How did you first hear about GlamourGals?As I am so fortunate to be where I am in life, I recognize the importance of giving back. After taking part in other charitable endeavors, like sponsoring a well to built in Africa, I decided to give back on a local level. I remember one day Googling non-profit organizations that deal with seniors. GlamourGals came up as one of the search results and, because I saw that it was very highly rated and received glowing reviews from volunteers, I decided that I should get involved.
2. Why do you support our mission?From my experience, I know first hand what seniors need. They need one-on-one time; they need someone to dote on them and to nurture them. And with the way that nursing homes are set up, it is just not possible for the staff to be able to give each resident the type of one-on-one attention that they deserve. This is where organizations like GlamourGals step in. Your volunteers give the residents that is something extremely valuable: the knowledge that someone cares about them. I also think that the relationship between the elderly and teenagers is important as well; seniors need to be able to share their wisdom with others, and teenagers, like the GG volunteers, can very often benefit from the wisdom that the older women share.
3. As a chapter sponsor, how do you plan on being involved in your chapter?I would love to participate in any way that I can! I think it would be great to attend chapter meetings to get a sense of the chapter’s dynamics and to attend makeovers as well. I think it would be great to take on a mentorship role with my chapter. Part of my job entails speaking at various events across the country; and while my topics are often pertinent to the healthcare industry, I also speak on leadership, which could apply to the girls in all areas of their lives, not just GlamourGals.
"GlamourGals volunteers give the residents that is something extremely valuable: the knowledge that someone cares about them."
4. With your experience in assisted living and nursing communities, why do you think organizations like GlamourGals are important?Like I said before, nursing home staff members are good people, but they simply do not have the time and resources to give their residents all the attention that they deserve. For the girls to simply listen to the residents while they paint their nails or apply makeup is a gift in itself. Also, I think it’s important for the volunteers to be exposed to long-term care facilities. Much of our exposure to healthcare facilities is negative; GlamourGals, however, is something positive and should be celebrated.
5. Do you have any advice for our volunteers?I think it’s very important for volunteers to keep an open mind and be willing to try new experiences. We all need to recognize the thoughts, opinions, and biases that we may have formed, consciously and unconsciously, about the elderly; the media is very anti-aging and paints a bad picture of the elderly. I would also stress the importance of listening. We should all realize that this huge portion of our population has so much wisdom to offer - because they’ve lived through so much of what we have yet to live, learning from their experiences can have a tremendous impact on our lives.