One Aveo Camden Downs Resident, Two Exceptional Stories

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Recognition of Seniors being there for Seniors

Barbara Taylor and her late husband, Harry Taylor were residents of Aveo Camden Downs for three years before Harry passed away in November 2014. This year, Barbara was nominated by Camden Baptist Care for a NSW Seniors Week award for her tireless dedication of over 10 years of volunteer work in the greater Macarthur district. Barbara has volunteered many of her talents for seniors by playing the piano each week at Aveo Camden Downs (even before she became a resident) and performing locally at Carrington Nursing Home where her husband Harry was residing before he passed away. Barbara is a woman of many talents which she shared openly with others. Barbara’s contributions include singing, supporting numerous activities, taking residents shopping and offering a caring ear, hand and shoulder. Barbara has also supported the Red Cross and African Aids charities by knitting and crotcheting items for donation for over 10 years. Barbara was presented with an award in recognition of her contribution by Local MP, Chris Patterson.

Talented Rememberance – Without Mind

Barbara and the memory of her late husband, Harry Taylor was given a very unique and wonderful gift by their loving granddaughter, Danielle Louise Taylor. Danielle’s project was inspired by and dedicated to her late grandfather. Danielle created, cast and coreographed her third year project for dance at university – “Without Mind” performed at NIDA. Harry passed away in November 2014 from dementia at Carrington Nursing Home. Barbara said it was six months to day when she was overwhelmingly surpised with the gift of their granddaughter’s production, Without Mind. Danielle teaches dancing locally and also in the Bankstown area helping young students to develop their skill and love for dance. Barbara said with a big smile, “I was overwhelmed to see the image of Harry displayed at the theatre”.   The  production’s music and beautiful dance pieces recreated wonderful moments in Barabara’s mind of her times shared with Harry in the nursing home. “I’m so proud of our granddaughter,” Barbara said.   

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