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I am Sandy: Carol Wilcox
When the Sandy Senior Center first opened, Carol Wilcox was one of the first to visit. She knew right then that she wanted to be a part of the center.
Carol moved to Sandy in 1986, but has lived in Salt Lake Valley all of her life. She loves the arts and she loves helping others, but specifically, Carol loves working with seniors.
She has held many vital roles doing just that, from the Coordinator of Social Work Services at St. Mark’s Hospital to the Director of Patient Care Coordination at Rocky Mountain Care. She has served on the Sandy Chamber Ambassadors, the Sandy Senior Center Advisory Council, and the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Committee at the Utah State Health Department.
Carol’s work resulted in her appointment to two Ethics Boards at St. Mark’s Hospital and Lake View Hospital. She was named Social Worker of the Year in Utah, by the National Association of Social Workers in 1998, and received the community partner service award from the Sandy Senior Center in 2013.
She was selected to start and manage the Alta View Hospital Senior Clinic, where she would take patients to the Sandy Senior Center. It was very important to her that people not be at home and lonely or depressed, but learning new things daily. She knew that it was in their best interest for her patients to get out and socialize. Carol wanted their minds to be as healthy as their bodies.
Now, Carol works for Rocky Mountain Care and has seen patients in hospice, home health care, and in nursing homes. After her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and passed away, Carol decided to volunteer to offer free Montreal Cognitive Assessments at the Sandy Senior Center.
Carol continues to provide this free assessment every third Tuesday of the month. If people are concerned whether they have normal forgetfulness or dementia, they can call the Sandy Senior Center and sign up for a 25-minute screening. 395-468-3401. Then you’ll also get to meet this wonderful lady in person.
Did You Know:
The Sandy Senior Center offers everything for seniors? From transportation to classes (such as exercise, dance, computers) and so much more!